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Search Officially Called Off For Missing 9-Year-Old

Yesterday evening at around six o’clock the search was called off for 9-year-old, Jason Pau of Cuxlin Ha Village in the Toledo District who had gone missing inside the Blue Creek Cave in the Toledo District.  Pau had left home on the morning of Friday, July 31 to go a summer event at the Blue Creek Caves with American volunteers.  Aurelio Sho of the Ak’ Kutan Radio Station in Toledo shared with us a copy of an interview done with the boy’s father, Edwardo Pau.  The father explained how his son ended up with the group and who he blames in this entire ordeal.



Reports are that around three thirty that afternoon, the team he was with realized that he was unaccounted for and an immediate search began but that turned futile and just after six o’clock the Punta Gorda Police were called in to deal with the matter.  Residents along with members of the Police Department and the Belize Defense Force continued their search for the child but no progress was made.  Love News understands that support from the Belize Coast Guard came in at around four o’clock yesterday evening and by six thirty the search and rescue operation had been called off.  Pau is a primary school student at the Forest Home Methodist School in Punta Gorda.  Late this evening, we were told that whilst officials had called off the search operation, residents of the area continue to seek Jason Pau.