Taxi driver killed for unknown reasons Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 March 2017 00:00

Elbert Gillett, a 66-year-old taxi driver, left his Belize City home last Thursday.  He went missing, and nearly 3 days later, police found his body between miles 4 and 5 on the George Price Highway. His car was found miles away from him; someone had set it on fire. At this time, it appears that he was lured to his death by his killer, who posed as a customer. 

Gillett’s family told the press that he left his home on Thursday night, March 9, when he went to run taxi, hoping to pick up a few more customers before closing off business, and returning home. He never did come back, and so, his wife got concerned when she woke up the next morning. The entire family was alerted of his disappearance, and they went to the police to file a missing person’s report. They formed search parties to look for him, and later on Friday, March 10, his car was found completely burnt on Benbow Street in Belize City. His driver’s license was found in Ladyville by a stranger.

That discoveries were disheartening, and it signaled that he may be dead. Their worst fears were confirmed when his body was found on Sunday evening, March 12. An on-site post mortem certified that he died of a single gunshot wound to the head. The family couldn’t even properly lay him to rest; they had to bury him immediately.

There is no explanation at this time for why Gillett’s life was taken from him. His relatives and friends say that he was a hard-working family man who focused on his children and grandchildren. His co-workers say he was a jovial person, and so, they can’t understand why he was killed. They believe that he picked up someone that night who wasn’t a regular customer, and that person (or persons) murdered him for some still unknown reason.