Today marks only eight days since little Jasmine has been gone and the country is plagued with so many other homicides that Jasmine’s may become a fading memory to some. The trail has seemingly gone cold as the entire investigation seemed focused on a white taxi that turned out to be a dead end maybe. Rumors are swirling of a new focus in the investigation. Could the police be pulling at straws? Additionally, according to Plus TV, someone burned the area where the body was found undoubtedly burning away crucial evidence in Jasmine’s case, especially if some expert decided to go back and restart the process. However, I want to go back and review the information that we actually know.Jasmine went missing on June 4, 2012 at around 2 pm.
Jasmine body was discovered on June 6, 2012 in an advanced stage of decomposition.
The fact that her decomposition was described as advanced after only two days have my brain in knots. I did some research online and found some information from a forensic research lab called the body farm. The research facility is geared at creating a body atlas for law enforcement to help them determine the time of death based on decomposition of the body. See more at http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/chemistry/news-afterlife-human-corpse-stages-decomposition?image=0 (Be warned the graphics are graphic).
Here are some questions I have regarding the investigation.
- What hour was Jasmine actually last seen by her parents? Did mom check to see if she was at home before she left for the day? Many times parents walk out assuming the child is safely and soundly sleeping.
- Did anyone see Jasmine leave home?
- Did Jasmine actually leave her home and walk the path described, or was she just supposed to walk that path?
- Is it possible she was offered her a ride to her destination and she was picked up at home?
- Is it possible she took a different path that day?
- Could she have stopped to visit a “friend” along her journey?
- Did she ever complain of getting unwanted attention from some adult?
- The people who claim to have seen her that day; could they be mistaken with the time of day?
- Is it possible she died earlier than stated?
- How long was she away from all supervision?
- Is it possible that the abductor rode around with her in the trunk while creating an alibi?
- Did anyone check her phone records?
- Did the police walk the same path she was supposed to take and take note of the regular faces along her path and question all the potential witnesses that would see her take that route the day?
- Will the police get any international expert help in this case?
I realize that the police are overwhelmed by the deteriorating crime situation in Belize and they have limited resources. I also appreciate that we have limited facilities to help aid with this investigation; however, the life of a child is gone. There is a predator out there. If we create a chart with all the missing young girls and the areas along the western highway where their bodies were dumped, maybe a pattern will start emerging of a possible serial killer who moves with invisible dangerous stealth along the highway looking for a moment to strike at a vulnerable young victim. We need to start asking, who among us can move and pick up young girls without creating an air of suspicion?
Consider this serial killer in Columbia, who after this story was written, was released from prison and remains at large today. Get an insider view as to how a serial killer hunts their victims: http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/serial_killers/notorious/pedro_lopez/1.html