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Posted: Monday, February 15, 2021. 9:04 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Four persons are being sought for questioning in connection with the death of Orange Walk resident, Michael Escalante, 47.

A few days after Escalante’s body was found on the right side of the George Price Highway on Wednesday, February 10, police recovered his missing red Great Wall Wingle with the front windows shattered by bullet holes from an open, wooded area about 10 minutes southwest of the village of Mahogany Heights, Belize District. An aerial flyover spotted the vehicle first before the team on the ground moved in.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, Joseph Myvette, says a motive has yet to be determined, but it appears he was not robbed for his money, as there was nothing suggesting he was carrying a large sum of money with him; what little money he did have was found on him when police recovered his body from the roadside.

Police are tracing fingerprints taken from inside the vehicle, and are following a lead suggesting the Wingle was seen with a grey Ford Escape on the highway shortly before Escalante’s killing.

Myvette said police had no information to suggest Escalante’s life had been threatened.

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