Yesterday we told you of the vessel found by the Belize Coast Guard that was riddled with bullet holes. Initially it was thought that the vessel belonged to the three men who remain missing after they had left home on Friday, November 22 enroute to Mapp Caye. It turns out, however, that the vessel is for 48-year-old Evan Neal who also went missing in January 2019. Love News spoke with the Police Commissioner today for an update.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “At this time no there is no update. We continue to go at sea along with the Coast Guard combing the areas that they were last seen but so far it has been futile. We will continue to see what we can do to try and bring some degree of closure to the family. We’re still cautiously optimistic that they are alive and hoping and praying for the best for them and their families.”
According to Captain Bennett of the Belize Coast Guard, they are currently on a recovery mission.
Captain Elton Bennett, Commandant, Belize Coast Guard: “Nothing new to report, we continue to search today. We have two search units concentrating in the same search area that we were searching in for the past fort eight hours and the reason being because the possibility of them being submerged over the past few days and hopefully, in cases of drowning or any other criminal act, the bodies will be floating in the same area. So we are out in the area and we’re looking at this stage for persons in the water. This is not a rescue effort we’re going into a recovery mode and the approach to recovery is a little bit different from a rescue operation, because we are looking for a slower drift the search units move a little bit slower, the search area is a little more concentrated and equipment on board is different from a rescue operation so we are in recovery mode at this stage.”
Evan Neal is the owner of Mapp Caye. At the time he went missing, the security guard, Edinio Humes, posted at Mapp Caye was found shot to death.