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Body of Mexican Veterinarian taken out from ‘Rio On Pools’ in Cayo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

Dr. Marcelino SosaOn August 22, 2013 Dr. Marcelino Sosa 28 years was taking pictures from a cliff about 20 feet high in the ‘Rio On Pool’, in the Mountain Pine Ridge Area, in the Cayo District, when he accidentally fell into the stream at the bottom of the cliff and disappeared under the water. Dr. Sosa at the time was along with a group of Mexican Veterinarians and worked for the National Cattle Sweep Project testing cattle for Brucellosis. Efforts were made on August 22nd by a group, including Belize Defense Force personnel, to find Dr. Sosa, but due to darkness the search was suspended. On the following day, a search team comprising of the Belize Defense Force, Police and Forest Rangers—also drawing from people posted at Tapir Camp-- again made another attempt to find Dr. Sosa. With the help of co-workers Sosa’s body was eventually discovered at the bottom of the pool and taken to the morgue at the San Ignacio Community Hospital. The body was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital KHMH on Monday of this week.

A post mortem has since been done by Dr. Mario Estradabran at the KHMH on the body which concluded that the cause of death was due to Asphyxiation by drowning due to mild head trauma due to an Incidental Consequence. At the K.H.M.H both Marcelino Miranda from the Mexican Consulate and Leonardo Palacio Lopez, brother-in-law of the deceased assisted Dr. Mario Estradabran in confirming the body to be that of Dr. Marcelino Sosa.

The Rio On Pools is famous for its flashy rapids and frequently unknown to spectators the rounded rocks in the vicinity are covered by a thin film of moisture and algae. Also drowning to her death in the fresh waters in the Pine Ridge in January of 1998 was Dr. Marla Holder, the founder of ‘Marla’s House of Hope’ in Belmopan. Calls have been made on Facebook since the disappearance of Dr. Marcelino Sosa that signs should be placed by the Belize Tourist Board in the ‘No Go’ areas of the Pine Ridge.