Farmer found dead at Silver Creek Junction in Toledo
Meanwhile, Toledo Police are still investigating the circumstances which led to the murder of a Belmopan farmer. Isaiah Chiac was found murdered this morning at a bus stop at the Silver Creek Junction in the Toledo District. Senior Correspondent Paul Mahung and Dale McDougall collaborated to put this report together.
Dale McDougall, Love FM News: There are more questions than answers surrounding the death of Isaiah Chiac. The 44-year-old was found dead early Monday morning this bus stop near the Silver Creek Junction by workers in the Toledo District. Chiac was stabbed multiple times. His wife, 32-year-old Otilia Yatz says he left home to visit his children.
Otilia Yatz, Wife of Deceased: “The last time I saw him was Saturday morning when he left for Belmopan.”
Reporter: And what was he going to do in Belmopan?
Otilia Yatz, Wife of Deceased: “Well he went to see her his three kids.”
Reporter: Now when he leaves like that you normally hear from him the same day?
Otilia Yatz, Wife of Deceased: “Well no he doesn’t make any calls and I hear from him until he reaches back home.”
Reporter: So the next time you heard about him was this morning.
Otilia Yatz, Wife of Deceased: “This morning.”
Dale McDougall, Love FM News: Police Department spokesman, ASP Fitzroy Yearwood says it is simply too early to tell what happened.
ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Public Relations, Belize Police Department: “I know that our investigators are on the scene canvassing that area but there is not much that we are going on as yet but definitely it’s early in the investigation so I would just allow the investigators that I’m to put their case together.”
Dale McDougall, Love FM News: And just like police, Yatz says she has no clue why anyone would want the farmer dead.
Reporter: Why would anybody want to murder him like that?
Otilia Yatz, Wife of Deceased: “Well I don’t know because I know Isaiah Chiac is a very friendly person, he is kind he is loving he loves all his children and he helps the people in Silver Creek so I don’t see why they should kill him like that.”
Dale McDougall, Love FM News: Chiac’s death is the eleventh murder that has happened in Belize since Independence Day. The Commissioner of Police Chester Williams says that while police are continuing an arduous investigation into these matters, he says the blame for incidents like this one should not be placed at the foot of the department.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “What could the police have done differently in the chopping in PG this morning? These are the type of murders that I refer to as silly murders they just sprang out of nowhere and I would hope the public looks at them for what they truly are because certainly it is not a reflection of poor policing. It pains me so much when I see that police officers are being criticized because of murders for the simple fact that this is the only country in the world where the police is being blamed for murders. We have murders occurring all over the world and the police is not the one to be blamed we need to lay the blame where the blame belongs on the persons who are perpetrating these murders and if it is that we continue to blame the police and blame the minister and blame the government then obviously we are telling the criminals you know what you continue commit crime and then other people will get the blame for whatever it is that you are doing.”
Dale McDougall, Love FM News: Chiac’s body is at the Punta Gorda morgue awaiting a post-mortem. There are no suspects at this time. Reporting for Love News, I’m Dale McDougall.