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Corozal man killed and left in a sofa Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:00

Eleazar Chan, a 42 year-old resident of Louisville Village in the Corozal District, was found dead at a gruesome crime scene outside of the neighboring village of San Pedro. His assailants murdered him, and then hid his body inside a sofa.

Police say that on Easter Sunday, April 1, they were called to an area on a cane road just outside of San Pedro. In between 2 cane fields, they found a sofa, and within the sofa, the cops found Chan’s body wrapped inside his favorite hammock, and garbage bags for good measure. An-onsite post mortem examination revealed that he died of blunt force trauma to the face and asphyxiation.

His wife reported him missing on Saturday, March 31, but it is believed that he was killed as early as Thursday night. His body was in an advanced state of decomposition. The sofa he was discovered in was found by an owner of a cane field in the area. That person found the sofa and signs of a decaying body, and that’s how the police were alerted.

For the quiet village of Louisville, the murder continues to scare residents and neighbors, to the point where they do not want to openly discuss it for fear of retaliation. On the condition of confidentiality, some residents told the press that they saw persons enter his home on Thursday. Sometime later, they saw Chan’s heavily tinted SUV driving out of his yard with the red sofa on top. No one thought anything suspicious about it. It was believed that Chan was trying to dispose of an old sofa. Little did they know that this was the means that the assailants used to remove his body from his house.

There is suspicion that his murder was drug related, but that belief remains unverified.

Chan is a former customs broker and he leaves behind 3 children.