Three teens charged for murder of U.S. national Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 September 2018 00:00

After being missing for about 6 days, Sherris Stringham, a 67 year-old American native from Missouri, USA, was found decomposing under a bridge on the Stann Creek Valley Road. It is believed at this time, that burglars broke into her home in Hopkins Village. Investigators suspect that the home invasion went wrong, and that’s why she was killed. 3 men have already been arrested and charged with her murder.

Those closest of her tell the press that she most likely went missing on the night of Saturday, August, 25th, 2018. She was supposed to meet up with some friends the following day, but she never made it. It was very much outside of her well-known routine, and when she did not show up for her regular exercise session on Monday, August 27th, waves of concern went out among her friends and acquaintances. That’s when an official missing person’s report was filed with police, and the search for her began.

The search parties did not locate anything the following day, but on Wednesday, August 29th, police found her missing Green Nissan Xterra SUV on a feeder road, which is located off the Orange Walk Town bypass. Everyone’s worst fears were confirmed when searchers found her decomposing body lying face up, in some bushes, under that bridge off the Stann Creek Valley Road. A post-mortem indicates that she died from traumatic asphyxia, and it is believed that she was strangled by one of the several burglars who broke into her home. They ransacked and cleaned out her house of all the valuable possessions, stole her vehicle, drove to that location, and dumped her body off the bridge. Her chest area had injuries, most likely a result of the fall to the bottom.

Shortly after the discovery of Stringham’s body, police arrested a pair of 18 year-olds, Wilhem Nunez, and Anthony Nunez, along with a 16 year-old minor. They were jointly charged with her murder, and on Monday, September 3rd, they were all arraigned in the Dangriga Magistrate’s Court. Since this is a capital offense, they have all been remanded to the Belize Central Prison. Friends of Stringham tell the press that the men threatened them with violence, simply because they showed interest to show up and ensure that her accused murderers were brought before the court at the initial stages.

She recently moved into her Hopkins home, and her friends said that she fussed around it, trying very hard to make it comfortable, since Belize was to become her new home. They describe her as very friendly and easy to speak with. There is worry that her personality may have allowed these criminals to get close enough to commit this heinous crime. She was well-liked by the community of Hopkins, even though she was living there for a relatively brief period.