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Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2019. 5:56 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Yesterday’s discovery of three bodies on the George Price Highway property of acting principal of Excelsior High School Alarice Andrewin is being considered “serious and heinous” by Commissioner of Police, Chester Williams, and demands a high level of response from police. At a press conference held this afternoon, Commissioner Williams announced the formation of an investigative task force headed by Officer Commanding Crimes Investigation Branch, Assistant Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo, seconded by deputy (currently Acting Head) National Crimes Investigation Branch, Superintendent Hilberto Romero.

The Commissioner has overall oversight and the investigative team includes Special Branch, Anti-Gang Task Force (AGTF), Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and personnel from the office of Superintendent Marco Vidal, head of Police Operations. The Commissioner declined to go into further details as to the presence of the AGTF and FIU, explaining that they did not want to tip off the perpetrators.

“I can assure the public that we are determined to find those who are responsible. As I said, and it’s being shown here, that [the murders] do desire a strong response from us, and that strong response is coming, believe you me. We have to send a message that we are not going to be complacent in dealing with matters of this nature,” Commissioner Williams said.

The other two persons found are identified as 19 year old Maria Juarez of Guatemala and 39 year old naturalized Belizean Vidal Antonio Uman of Belize City. Supt. Romero indicated that the young woman arrived in Belize on Sunday and was in a prior relationship with Uman. Police have not established what relationship existed between Uman and Andrewin, and could not confirm if he was acting as her security.

According to Romero, police are following up leads including the possible relationship to a prior burglary which police caught in progress. Of the seven persons arrested in that incident, one is out on bail and the others remanded. Also being questioned is a report that Ms. Andrewin was scheduled to testify in a case concerning misappropriations by past administrators of Excelsior High School, being dealt with by the Teaching Services Commission.

Multiple persons were involved and the house was ransacked, but the killers appear only to have gotten away with Ms. Andrewin’s vehicle, police said.

 

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