Body of Brian Valerio found two days after he drowns in Dangriga Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

On Saturday March 17, 2018 at about 2:45 p.m., police visited South River Side Street after receiving information of a drowning. Upon arrival, it was learnt that Brian Gregory Valerio, a 45-year-old laborer of Dangriga Town, was attempting to swim across the river. When he got to the midpoint of the river, he went under and never resurfaced.

Divers from the Fisheries Department and the Belize Coast Guard as well other members of the community formed a search party and conducted searches in the immediate area of the river and up to the river channel but they were unable to locate Valerio. On Monday, March 19, 2018, Dangriga police visited an area on Why-Not Island next to the river where the motionless body of Valerio was discovered.

The body was transported to the Southern Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police are investigating.

Days earlier on Thursday, March 15, 2018, police visited the KHMH where they observed the lifeless body of Phyllis Jean Ewing, a 70-year-old retired American national. Investigation revealed that Ewing and her husband, Alexander Ewing, were a part of a scuba diving group at Galles Point Island with Sea Sport Belize when Mrs. Ewing was experiencing difficulty breathing. She was removed from the water and transported to the KHMH where she was pronounced dead. There were no signs of violence on the body and no foul play is suspected.