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FBI Investigates death of American Woman in Belize

An American retiree in Belize passed away under unusual circumstances on Saturday, October 13 in northern Belize. Corozal police had gone to their home in the Consejo area, where houses, mostly belonging to foreigners are built in great distances from each other. At the home six miles into the Consejo Road, officers spoke to Robely Smith Rigdon. He claimed he and his wife were having a good time and he went to sleep. When he woke up he found Claire’s naked body inside the swimming pool. He allegedly pulled her out of the pool and performed CPR on her dead body. There were no visible signs of the body but it seems that it could be a case of vacation for murder in Belize as the police department has received the assistance of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation to assist with the matter. According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette, the FBI has been in the country a few days looking into Mrs. Rigdon’s death.

ACP Joseph Myvette: “Claire Elizabeth Rigdon’s post mortem examination which the doctors conclude that she died by asphyxiation by drowning as well as multiple trauma incidental death.”

Jose Sanchez: “Are you suspecting her husband for murder or questioning?”

ACP Joseph Myvette: “Well certainly he was questioned in relation to this investigation, we have also solicited and had the participation of the FBI as a part of this investigation which is ongoing.”

Reporter: How long have they been here?”

ACP Joseph Myvette: “They have been here for a few days.”

Jose Sanchez: “Is there any concern in particular of US Nationals coming to Belize, would you usually deplore more guys under drowning or suspicious circumstances, is that some trend that you have seen over the past couple days?

ACP Joseph Myvette: Well it is not a trend but every case is being looked at separately.

Jose Sanchez: “Regarding the trauma where on her body did you find it?”

ACP Joseph Myette: “It is the area of the left and right shoulder I believe.”

Jose Sanchez: “That  is not something consistent in a drowning incident?”

ACP Joseph Myvette: Not according to the Post Mortem examination.

Robley and Claire Rigdon came to Belize in May and make frequent trips to the home in Consejo Shores. Though there are signs of trauma on her shoulders, the police still refer to her passing as a death investigation.

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