There is very disturbing news to report tonight involving the reported kidnapping of a businessman from San Narciso Village in the Corozal District.
The family of 43 year old Omero Campos believes that he was abducted by a group of criminals on Sunday. Campos had gone to his farm located about 5 miles outside of San Narciso Village, inside a feeder road along the San Victor Village road, to do some field work. It appears that while on the farm, he was ambushed by kidnappers.
The family was startled when they were contacted via cell phone on Sunday night by an unidentified person on the other end of the line who told them in Spanish that they had Campos, and were demanding money if the family wants to see him alive once more. The family was also threatened not to take the matter to the Police. Reports are that the phone number that appears is a Mexico-based phone number.
Authorities have been informed and have been investigating. This morning they carried out searches in the village and along the San Victor Road fields. Campos’ cane field was also searched but only a tractor was found with the engine on.
Head of the National Major Crimes Unit Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvette discussed what they know of the case so far.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Major Crimes Unit
“On yesterday’s date, one Omero Campos, 43 year old business man of San Narciso Village left his home en-route to his farm to do work and up to the time of yesterday evening he had not returned home, his family had received a telephone call and the police have since initiated an investigation into his whereabouts. The Police are conducting searches along with family members within the area, to see whether or not he can be located and indeed yes a call was made to the police department yesterday concerning that Mr. Campos is missing while this is an ongoing investigation.”
But there are unconfirmed reports that the alleged kidnappers have demanded up to a million dollars for Campos’ return. While the family has received multiple calls from the kidnappers, they have not verified that their loved one is unharmed and alive.
Belize is not known for kidnappings and ransoms, though there have been incidents, but seldom. But Sunday’s incident in San Narciso has chilling similarities with the 2014 disappearance of former Orange Walk Town Mayor 71 year old Ramon Cervantes Sr., who is believed to have been kidnapped while doing work on his cane field located along the San Roman road. Cervantes was found five days later dead in a shallow grave along the Honey Camp area. Everyone is hoping that Omero Campos does not share the same fate and is rescued from harm’s way.
We will continue to investigate this incident and provide an update in tomorrow’s newscast.