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Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2017. 9:12 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Yesterday, BBN broke the story that a Guatemalan was found with gunshot wounds to the head well within Belizean territory.

The Government of Belize confirmed late yesterday that the body of a Guatemalan national was found in the Chiquibul National Park.

According to the release from government, the identity and cause of death have not been ascertained and the body of the deceased is still at the location.

The Belizean and Guatemalan authorities will collaborate to retrieve the body today and a post-mortem will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.​

Prensa Libre Guatemala reported yesterday that the name of the Guatemalan national is Marvin Cristóbal Chac Pap, who resides in Monte de Los Olivos, Dolores which has part of its territory in the adjacency zone.

The report from the Guatemalan media states that authorities indicated that they were alerted by a group of farmers who carried out agricultural tasks near the adjacency zone with Belize.

According to Prensa Libre, Pap’s body was found about 500 meters inside of Belize’s territory and about 700 meters from the adjacency zone.

Near Pap’s body, two rocks with blood were observed and Prensa Libre reports he may have died from an injury to his head.

The mediator of the adjacency zone, Salvador Cutzal told the Guatemalan media that relevant investigations will be done and due to lack of sufficient evidence, the death can not be attributed to the security forces of neighboring Belize.

Cutzal also told them that in the area of ​​Monte de Los Olivos, agricultural farmers enter daily since  that route is a gold mine on the Belizean side.

Cutzal  added that Pap’s death could be a crime originated by an assault or another problem, Prensa Libre reported.

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