Chief Prosecutor calls on public for information about murders

POSTED: 03/19/11 8:49 PM

25,000 guilders reward remains without effect

St. Maarten – There are no new developments in the recent murder investigations, Chief Prosecutor Mr. Hans Mos said yesterday. “We are investigating anything and everything. This is quite a cumbersome process.”

On February 25th, the chef of the luxury yacht Cheetah Moon, Ludevic Guillevin was found murdered in Mullet Bay. Between Friday morning March 4th and Saturday morning March 5th, another three killings had to be added to the list.

On Friday morning March 4, 61-year-old Eduardo Nova-Valdez was found executed on the G. Alexis Arnell Road, aka the Cakehouse Road.

In the evening, around seven thirty, Emilio de Leon-Reyes, 49, was shot to death at his home on the Quilletor Drive in Dutch Quarter. Both victims are from the Dominican Republic.

On the following Saturday morning the body of a 46-year-old security guard, Foidel Luis, a Haitian, was found in the vicinity of the Learning Unlimited School in Cay Hill. He was beaten to death with a piece of wood.

Immediately after the weekend the attorney general offered a 25,000 guilders reward for information that leads to solving the murders. The public prosecutor’s office and the police announced the reward in a joint press conference.

But so far, the reward has not had any effect. Mos: “I do not have the impression that we are receiving a lot of tips. The number is closer to zero than to one percent.”

The Chief Prosecutor suspects that the lack of response had to do with the local mentality. “People want to see that money in their hands first, before they believe that these rewards are actually paid out. But this reward is not coming from a random policeman. It comes from the attorney general. He has a budget for these things, and the money is real. We think the money is worth it if we get information that enables us to solve these crimes.”

Mos added that the conditions to collect the award are straightforward. The information must lead to an arrest, or to multiple arrests, and to a conviction in court.

The Chief Prosecutor calls once more on people who think they have information about any of the four murders to step forward and share their information with investigators.

The phone number 581 37 81 is available around the clock. The anonymous tip line under number 9300 is also available to people who want to give information.

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