Arson leads to discovery of shallow grave on northern Ambergris Caye
Monday, August 11th, 2014
The San Pedro Sun can confirm that the body of a man has been found in a shallow grave on Northern Ambergris Caye.
Police told The Sun that upon receiving information of arson in the Sueño del Mar area located about 13 1/2 miles north of San Pedro Town, they proceeded to the location around 9AM. Upon their arrival, Police noticed charred remains of a building believed to be kept as a lookout post by someone who fishes and camps in the area. The 16×20 wooden structure was built four feet off the ground and had been recently set afire.
The owner was at the location and was questioned about the building. He indicated that he was seeking the building caretaker. Officers processed the scene, and concluded that it was arson, and declared the caretaker officially as a missing person.
Family of the missing person arrived on the scene, and joined the police in conducting a search in the area. At about 1:15PM, about half-a-mile from the burnt building, and about 75ft from the shore, the search party discovered a shallow grave. Police exhumed the body, confirming that it was that of Serano Trapp, 57 years old and of East Indian descent. There was no sign of decomposition, and family indicated to The San Pedro Sun that they had observed a major cut wound to the neck as well as a gunshot.
San Pedro Police have four persons currently detained and statements are being taken based on circumstantial evidence.