68-year-old businesswoman killed in Stann Creek -Two suspects sought Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 November 2018 00:00

The body of Martha Gonzalez, a 68-year-old resident of San Felipe Village in the Orange Walk District, was found dumped in a pit latrine in Pomona Village in the Stann Creek District. She left her home to conduct business, and was expected to return a day later. Unfortunately, her decomposing body was discovered several days after someone killed her.

Police say that Gonzalez’s son, Ramiro Ixpec, a resident of San Felipe Village in Orange Walk, visited the Orange Walk Police Station, and reported that she left their home at around 4:30 a.m., November 23rd, 2018 and she was southbound over 150 miles away to Pomona Village, where she sells her products, such as cheese and tamales. It’s a trip that she makes twice every month: at the 15th, and at the end. She was expected to return the next day, as she usually did, but she didn’t and so, Ixpec thought it prudent to report her missing.

Police subsequently learnt that Gonzalez did arrive safely in Pomona Village, and she met up with her close friend, 60-year-old Silvia Ramirez, where she stays on these bi-monthly overnight business trips. At around 10:15 a.m., she then went to a customer’s home to sell her tamales and to collect money owed to her. Ramirez was expecting her to return later that same Friday evening, but she never did. On Tuesday, November 27th, 4 days after Gonzalez left home, police went to search the property of this customer that she was supposed to meet up with. They eventually found her decomposing body wrapped up in a grey tarp. Someone fatally stabbed her in the chest, and disposed of her inside a pit latrine on this customer’s property. She was positively identified by one of her sons on sight at the crime scene. A post mortem verified that she bled out and died due to the stab wound.

Her disappearance was immediately worrisome to her family because this was the first time that she did not return on the next day from these trips to Stann Creek District.

Her son-in-law, Delfino Garcia, told the press, “We started to worry from Saturday, because she normally would come back on Saturday…on the last bus that runs to San Felipe at 8 pm. But she didn’t go. That is when we started to look. We came way to Pomona that same night to look for her.”

Police are looking for two people who are their main suspects at this time.

Gonzalez leaves behind seven adult children.