Three people have been charged in the death of a 68-year-old woman who was living at a retirement home in Belize.
Two men, who are both 18, as well as a 16-year-old minor face murder charges after the body of Sherris Stringham, of Missouri, was found on Aug. 31, according to The Associated Press in a Sept. 3 report. Her body was found in a river in Pomona, which is around 50 miles from the village of Hopkins where she lived.
Stringham was reported missing Aug. 27, and her vehicle was found abandoned hundreds of miles away in the Orange Walk District of the Central American county.
AP reported that robbery is the suspected motive.
Her family had hired a private investigator to search for her and investigate the case, reported the Kansas City Star, which also reported that she was a native of Blue Springs, Missouri.
Before her death, “She hasn’t been seen or heard from since Saturday (we usually get texts from her daily), she missed several outings with friends which is unlike her, her house was in disarray (also very unlike her), wallet empty and left behind, car missing,” according to a GoFundMe page.
The page said that she retired in Hopkins after decades of working as a school bus driver and working at a grocery store. As of Sept. 5, $15,585 was raised.
Before heading to Belize, the woman had “scraped together all she had and bravely struck out and retired to Hopkins,” according to the GoFundMe page.
The U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council said: “According to the current U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory at the date of this report’s publication, Belize has been assessed as Level 2: exercise increased caution.”
From The Epoch Times