No arrests made in the murder of Samuel Dawson
Monday, October 20th, 2014
One man was found stabbed to death inside his apartment in San Pedro Town, and police are trying to find who committed the crime. The victim has been identified as 44-year-old Samuel Dawson, a Belizean truck driver originally of Hattieville Village, but who lived and worked on Ambergris Caye for a number of years. Dawson’s body was discovered by a co-worker sometime around 7:40 AM on Saturday October 18th.
According to the station Sergeant at the San Pedro Police Station, Lenansio Bol, they visited a two storey wooden building on Manta Ray Street in the San Pedrito Area where they observed Dawson apparently dead. “When we arrived, we saw the lifeless body of Dawson in the living room area inside the top apartment building. He was observed facedown with what appeared to be stab wounds to the neck and a cut to his lip,” said Bol. According to Police, Dawson was discovered around 7:30AM by a co-worker who had gone to pick him up to go to work. After shouting for him, the coworker went upstairs where he observed that the door was ajar and decided to open the entrance to the apartment a little more.
Dawson lived alone in the upper floor of the building. Bol said that Dawson was last seen alive around 7PM the day before when his supervisor offered to give him a ride and take him to a Chinese restaurant to buy food.
While police investigation is ongoing, they strongly believe that Dawson was robbed and killed by someone he knew, since there was no visible sign of a struggle nor forced entry to his apartment. “There was no forced entry to the building, and his wallet and other personal items were not found, so we believe it is a robbery. At this time we cannot disclose more information in that respect since the investigation is ongoing,” explained Bol. According to Sergeant Bol the murder weapon has not been found either.
Dawson’s body was transported to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Polyclinic II where he was officially pronounced dead at 10:33AM. His body was transported to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital morgue where it awaits a post mortem examination.
Police have spoken to people in the neighborhood who are collaborating with authorities, and so far Police have questioned one person as part of their investigation. Anyone with information that can help police solve this latest murder is asked to call San Pedro Police at 206-2022 or Crime Stoppers Belize at 0-800-922-TIPS.
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