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UPDATE – UPDATE – UPDATE Alarm & Concern For Missing Fishermen

UPDATE – UPDATE – UPDATE  Alarm & Concern For  Missing Fishermen
November 25
17:01 2019

UPDATE BELOW

Saturday, November 23rd. 2019 – 5pm

Concerns are mounting for Belize City residents Sheldon Gibson 22, Elijah Usher and another unidentified individual after they went fishing in the vicinity of Mapp Caye on Friday and have not returned or contacted family members since.

Earlier today (Saturday, Nov. 23rd.) Gibson’s sister reported the men missing and told Police that the group departed Belize City on-board a white 18 feet fiberglass boat named Loriannie and were to return that same day

Readers may remember the horrific news of 5 missing fishermen back in June 2019, they were all found dead in various location just off the coast.

June Incident: Police Investigating Another Triple Homicide

UPDATE: Sat., November 23rd. 2019 – 6.30pm

Saturday, November 23rd. 2019 – 6.30pm

Update: The Reporter has confirmed that a patrol consisting of members of the Belize Coast Guard and the Crimes Investigation Branch has just concluded an all-day search in the vicinity of Mapp Caye for the three missing fishermen.

We were told that the operation was fruitless and no clues of Sheldon Gibson, Elijah Usher and a third unidentified individual were detected. Other reports gathered is that there is an ongoing dispute between two main fishing groups in the Mapp Caye area. The Reporter will keep following the search for the missing men and will keep you posted.

UPDATE: Monday Nov. 25, 4.30pm

The Reporter has confirmed that a vessel fitting the description of The LORIANNIE was found around midday today semi-submerged among some mangroves on Drown Caye.

Many Fishermen have questioned the validity of the photo provided to the media, and commented that this boat appears to have been submerged longer than 4 days.

The Reporter was made to understand that the vessel had what appeared to be multiple bullet holes in it and forensic analysis to determine firearm residue is currently being conducted by the Crimes Investigations Branch.

The discovery is the first lead that authorities have been able to come across following four days of surface and aerial searches for Sheldon Gibson, 22, Elijah Usher, and Kevin Roaches,14, missing since Friday, November 22nd.

Sources say that investigators are starting to suspect foul play in the case of the missing persons and have upgraded their search and rescue operation to a criminal investigation.

More details about this developing news will be available here, VIA UPDATES on this page.

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