Romel Palacio, Jr. found in a Shallow Grave Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 February 2013 00:00

RomelOn Thursday, January 31st, about 5:00pm acting upon information received from the Hattieville Police Station, Crimes Investigation Branch personnel visited Mile 12 on the George Price Highway, Belize District, where they excavated a shallow grave situated about 30 feet off the right hand side of the road when travelling from Belize City to Hattieville Village. In the grave, police discovered suspected human remains including flesh and bones. Also found in the grave were a sock, a pair of  boxers, a glove and a black wrist watch. The remains along with the other items were collected and transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital morgue.

Upon examining the remains police determined that the body was that of Romel Palacio, Jr. who has been missing since December 6th, 2012. Investigators found a piece of flesh which had a cannabis leaf tattooed on it along with the word 'Jacqui'. This verified that the body was that of Palacio, Jr. who had the tattoo on the left upper arm. The wrist watch was also identified as one which belonged to Palacio.
Romel Palacio Jr. had been missing since December 6th of 2012. At the time family members suspected that he had been kidnapped, killed and buried but could not confirm their theory. They reported the matter to the police who have been investigating the missing person report since then. Speculation at the time was that he was killed because he was a main witness in a murder case in which Mitchum Heredia was killed on April 10th, 2006.

Palacio's family is suffering a double loss as his father, taxi man 53-year-old Romel Palacio, Sr. was shot six times whilst at his home on Jane Usher Boulevard on June 19th, 2011. At the time, men stormed into the house and shot him in his bathroom. He received gunshots to the head, hands and legs and died on June 22nd, 2011 whilst receiving medical attention at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. At that time too, it was believed that the assailants were looking for Romel Palacio, Jr. but instead killed his father.

On June 21st, 2011, police charged Ashton Anderson and Christopher Sosa in relation to Palacio Senior's shooting. They also charged a 17-year-old for keeping a firearm, a .38 revolver, without a gun license.
Palacio Jr. was the key witness in the killing of Mitchum Herrera which took place on April 10th, 2006. After the killing police charged, Emory and Maurice Felix and they were convicted of the murder on October 11th, 2007; however, they appealed that conviction and on Friday, June 29th, 2012 a 12-member jury, was unable come up with a verdict and a retrial had to be ordered.

Maurice Felix had also been convicted of the attempted murder of Palacio Jr., who was along with Herrera at the time he was shot on T Street.