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Special report shows there was no kidnap attempt in Spanish Lookout

Spanish Lookout

Spanish Lookout

Spanish Lookout

Thursday, February 12, 2015. BMG: A widely circulated social media report of the alleged attempted kidnapping of children in Spanish Lookout is much ado about an “innocent” incident.

It happened on Monday, February 9.

Two days later, the chairman of Spanish Lookout Clarence Dueck assigned Justice of the Peace Harry Letkeman to investigate the situation and today he released the finding of his investigation.

According to the report, two boys, ages 9 and 10 respectively had just left classes at the Palm Ridge School and were riding their bicycles.

Special investigator report

Special investigator report

The boy’s father told the special investigator that the boys claim that an SUV, described as being “dark looking” stopped them as they rode through a valley and that the driver got out and offered them a ride in the vehicle.

The boys say that they quickly got on their bicycles and rode home.

The special investigator says that he also spoke with a woman who witnessed the event.

She had gone to pick up her children at the same Palm Ridge School was returning home when she came upon the scene and is reported to have seen the driver getting back into his vehicle and driving off as she approached.

The woman noted that “the driver was standing by the vehicle” and that when he say her approaching, “he quickly got into the vehicle and drove off.”

She alerted various people about what she witnessed and when the leaders of the community heard about it, the police was called in.

The police found the vehicle, a rental from Belize City parked at the Midway Convenience Store on Center Road.

Joseph Schnorr's report

Joseph Schnorr’s report

The occupants of the SUV were missionary Joseph Schnorr and his wife.

Their account what happened differs from the story that the boys gave their parents.

The Schnorr’s have since returned to the United States; but have spoken by telephone with the special investigator and went further, by sending a written report of that transpired.

The Schnorr’s say that they were doing missionary work in Los Tambos village and were on their way back home to Unitedville village where they were staying, when the boys allegedly threw stones at their passing vehicle as they drove through Spanish Lookout.

Mr. Schnorr said that he brought his vehicle to a stop, got out and chided the boys for their behavior.

In fact, a written report of the incident sent to Justice of the Peace Harry Letkeman, who was appointed as a special investigator to look into the incident in Spanish Lookout, the Schnorr’s say “there were two young boys riding bicycles along the side of the road. The first one appeared to purposely skid his tires in gravel along the side of the road and went off to the side. The second one did the same thing and ended up on the travel lane of the road.”

The written statement goes on to say that Mr. Schnorr was driving “no more than 30-35 miles per hour” and that had the vehicle been going faster “there could have been a more serious situation.”

Joe Schnorr further says that “the boys got off the side of the road and as we passed, they stuck out their tongues and yelled at us.”

And while the boys told their parents that the driver of the vehicle offered them a ride, Joseph Schnorr in his written statement said “at no time did I approach the boys nor did I leave the side of my vehicle.”

The special investigator said that based on information he gathered, including the written statement from Joseph Schnorr, he has concluded that “the only variation is that the boys claim that Mr. Schnorr offered them a ride, and Mr. Schnorr states that he did not offer them a ride, but chided them for their dangerous behavior.”

Special investigator Harry Letkeman says this confusion/discrepancy in the story is due to a “language barrier” and that “the event was not devious in any shape or form.”

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Comments

4 Comments

  1. Michael Coverdale says:

    So silly how out of hand this(rumour) got… I have know these amazing people for over 11 years… if some of you only knew HALF of what this couple has been involved in the past 11(plus) years in Belize you might have held your tongues a bit! These people have stay in my home… I have hosted them… as brothers and sisters in CHRIST…

    Shame on those that spread untruth!

    All I can say is SERIOUSLY???????? There are many comments that are hurtful, unfounded and destructive… I know we have to be vigilant and protect our communities, but spreading outright gossip and unfounded STUPID lies about the unknown is outright WRONG.

    SHAME!!!

  2. Faye McBride says:

    Thank you to the special investigation into this, I feel it clears the Schnors. The Schnors are not lone rangers, have a sending church and several relationships in the village of Los Tombos , some who have visited their home in the States. The Schnors did visit more than one school setting up sewing classes for women.

  3. Paco says:

    The one who witnessed it did the right thing in reporting it. But some comments, I feel, are presumptuous, people taking pleasure in saying things they have not witnessed.

  4. JOE MARTINEZ says:

    Those boys with the bicycles will sure be the nightmares in the near future.
    If they only had a good daddy they would be glad to bow and say hello to their superiors.

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