23-year-old Khris Gentle was found dead on Saturday morning just after seven o’clock. His decomposed body was found near Bannister Caye which is nine miles away from Belize City. In Friday’s newscast, we informed you that Gentle was working on Austine Bogue Island over a month. According to his sister, she received reports stating that Gentle left the Island on a canoe to go fishing. He never returned to the Island which alarmed his employer and the watchman of the Caye. According to Senior Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, there were no signs of foul play.
Supt. Alejandro Cowo, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch, Belize City: “Apparently he went fishing and that is when family members on the following day and found that he was not on the island and they began to do a search of the area and it was until Saturday morning that his body was discovered.”
Reporter: Any foul play suspected?
Supt. Alejandro Cowo, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch, Belize City: “No. I know that a post mortem is being conducted at this moment and as soon as we have the result it will be shared with you guys.”
Reporter: Was he a fisher by trade ?
Supt. Alejandro Cowo, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch, Belize City: “Well I cannot tell you if he was a fisherman but I know that he has been there more than one time.”
Love News spoke to his sister, Kelley Rivers who stated that the family was distraught when they received the news of his discovery.
Sister: “I just basically got the news because we had scheduled our own search party in our own boat so we could have gone and tried to look deeper because then as the family we would do a more in depth search than what any other person would do if it wasn’t their family member. Before it even started that is when we got the call that they found him. We went to the Radisson Pier along with my brother and he left with the Coast Guard and the police to go to the area that he was found. From the news that my brother gave to me he said it actually looked like he drowned. He basically was looking at the body around the neck, hands, in other areas to see if any signs of foul play happened but according to him he didn’t see anything like that so then that was basically where we got our conclusion that he drowned; it actually looked that way. When it comes to Khris and his sisters it’s like in kriol terms ‘nobody can’t do us anything.’ when it comes to Khris. I was so happy for Khris when he found that little end with Mr.Ray. He was so happy and so excited to go out just so that he could make that definite money for the day and from his adventurous stories I mean it wasn’t really adventurous but from his stories you could tell from the smile on his face, you could tell from the look in his eyes it was something that he really enjoyed. To all the people and all the negative comments I would like for those to stop as well because then, well not me but I know his employer would actually feel a way about it but not knowing what happened and then trying to speculate or assume it’s not good and then it puts doubt in other people’s minds about the whole situation and basically if you don’t know the situation then don’t talk about it.”
The post mortem results certified his cause of death as Asphyxia inhalation of fluids consistent with drowning.