The Belize Coast Guard has expanded the area of their search for American national, Alison MacKenzie who remains missing tonight. Love News understands that the search efforts are now in the vicinity of Alligator Caye; an estimated seven miles northwest of Rendezvous Caye. MacKenzie’s family has grown even more concerned and continues their appeal to the public to help with any information they may have. MacKenze is originally from Arizona, USA. As an American citizen, the US Embassy has been following up on the progress made as explained by Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges.
Keith Gilges, Charge d’ affaires, US Embassy: “I can’t speak about this individual case, you know, obviously anytime something happens to American our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and we hope for a successful one and and complete resolution to the issue. But we the embassy have a responsibility to our citizens and so we try and ensure just overall there’s a secure operation that their ability to come here as tourists and be safe. Ultimately the jurisdiction in Belize is up to is up to the Belizean Security Services the Belizean police and other folks to provide that sort of security. In these instances. we can often be an interlocutor so that so the family that are far away or in the states are able to call us up and we can help provide information, we can help form a you know method of communication for those families to be on the ground; but we have a whole section at the embassy called American Citizen Services and their job is to help out in situations like this.”
43-year-old MacKenzie went missing from Rendezvous Caye sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. She was on an overnight trip to the caye with her boyfriend, Paige Rote. According to Rote he went to sleep and when he woke up MacKenzie was gone. He reported the matter to the Cruise Director of Ragamuffin Tours and the authorities were notified. The Belize Coast Guard began their search on Saturday morning at around seven o’clock and the police have been conducting interviews with those who were on the island. In the absence of night-time technology, the Belize Coast Guard sets out at first light and retires at last light in their search operations. According to Operations Officer, Roque Canul of the Belize Coast Guard, this is a difficult operation as they have no clue as to what direction MacKenzie took. He added that they plan to continue their search for another 48 hours. Mackenzie and Rote have been in Belize since December 2019. Reports are that they were exploring various islands with the plan to invest and relocate here. Love News is following this story as it develops.