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Independence village woman found murdered in Bullet Tree Falls

Kayla Burgess (Deceased)

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2014. 10:23 pm CST.

PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: The worst fears of a family from Independence village were confirmed late this evening when police found the body of 24 year old Kayla Burgess.  Previously we had reported her name as Kayla Pandy.

Kayla Burgess (Deceased)

Kayla Burgess

The family raised the alarm of her apparent kidnapping after they say a text message was received on one of her brothers’ cell phone demanding a ransom of $250,000.

Based on her last known communication with a friend, Kayla had indicated that she was in Bullet Tree Falls village, and that is where police in San Ignacio concentrated their search this afternoon, culminating with the location of Burgess’ 2004 Kia Sorrento SUV.

Reports are that he body was found with the vehicle and it appears that she had been strangled.

The story started to unfold just after 4 o’clock this afternoon when the family reached out to the media to ask for help in locating Kayla.

A family member said that when Kayla left Independence village, it was believed that she was heading to Belmopan.

How she ended up in Bullet Tree Falls village where her body was found this afternoon is still am mystery as Kayla’s family say they know of no reason why she would have been in that village.

One of Kayla’s brothers, Caral Pandy speaking with me by telephone from the family home in Independence village confirmed that he got a text message on his cellular phone with a time stamp of 4:12 pm which said: “bring $250,000 tomorrow to Cayo or else somebody else will get hurt.”

The brother says that when he dialed the number from which the message was sent, which is his sister’s phone number, a man answered and before ending the call, the man warned him not to get the police involved.

After the call ended, subsequent calls to the number went unanswered.

The brother says that half an hour later, a chilling message was sent from his sister’s phone to their mother’s phone which said “please help me.”

As the police investigation into the murder of Kayla Burgess picks up steam, it is understood that at least one suspect was taken into custody tonight in San Ignacio town for questioning.

According to a source, that person – a young man – appears to have cuts and scratches on his hands and chest.

Kayla Burgess is a recent graduate of the University of Belize.


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  1. Diana Mai says:

    Let there be justice for this heinous crime

  2. John says:

    No hanging, no judge involved, just get some of the same type and pay them and get those assholes brutaly @&&$() , there is no justice in this country and murderes walk free , that has to stop…. Warning to people out deh hat have bad in mind , you do me bad i will take it into my own hands and start with the ones YOU love and then get you …..read good , when you do ME or family bad , I WILL GO OM THE BOTTOM UP AND one by one you dah get it

  3. Justice says:

    This is sad…anyone can commit any type of crime and get away with it. We should bring back hanging. I bet they will think twice before they try to do any of these. Senseless killing, rape, etc. Look at what happened with the murder of Raylene Dyer; Brandon Budna, Jason Anderson, and Darren Banner all got off and Aracely Cahueque she got off today and its like nothing to her. Kayla was once my classmate, a nice person and to see this happen.. and this is so surreal..like a movie

  4. DTM says:

    As long as Belize is run by Marxists like Barrow with their gun confiscation and outlawing laws including even the ownership of bullets (hah what a scam), Belize will never change, and more and more expats will leave and never ever come back, and the locals who stay will keep getting murdered for nothing. Every resident and citizen should be armed, only the fear of death at the hand of anyone will stop the raging madness of a murderer. And all who kill murderers must be let alone and not posed as a criminal. Death is due to those who wish to murder the innocent, and their blood is due to the dogs. But none of this will happens because the filthy anti-gun laws of Belize will never change because of the marxist control of the country who have no value of human life and want to reduce the world population everywhere.

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