Monday, February 3, 2014

Honduras: Great-Granddaughter of Heiress, 46, Stabbed to Death, Suspect, 25, Arrested

According to The Associated Press and The Daily MailNedenia Post Dye, 46, the great-granddaughter of the late General Foods founder and heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, 86, was found stabbed to death on the Honduran island of Roatán (one of several Bay Islands off the coast) on Sunday, December 22, 2013.

See http://www.honduras.com/bay-islands

Nedenia Post Dye, who had lived on Roatán for some fifteen years where she operated a luxury day spa, was found dead at her home on Roatán.

According to Roatán police, Dye and Lenin Roberto Arana, 25, AKA "The Canary,"were romantically involved as Dye was reportedly attempting to help Arana kick a drug habit.

The suspect, Lenin Roberto Arana, 25, told police that he and Dye had been romantically involved. Arana, who used the stage name 'The Canary,' told local reporters that he was innocent. 

Roatán police said Nedenia Post Dye, 46, was found stabbed in her room on December 22. He said police had arrested a local singer whom Dye was helping quit drugs.

COMMENT: Dye, of Santa Monica, CA, told an alumni publication of her alma mater, George Washington University, last year that she shared a love of risk-taking and adventure with her great-grandmother, who inherited the cereal company that she eventually turned into General Foods, Inc.

Madrid said Arana was captured by police while wearing blood-soaked clothing as he attempted to flee in Dye's vehicle.

As for Dye, she was stabbed in the back several times. Police suspect that the American was killed because Arana wanted "crack."

Ms. Dye's body has been transferred to the Honduran mainland for an autopsy, after which, according to LA PRENSA, her body will be cremated and returned to the US.

As a backdrop to Dye's homicide, Honduras itself has the world's highest per capita murder rate.

Aaron Etches is a longtime resident of Roatán who founded a Facebook group called "Roatán Crime Watch," about a year ago in the wake of several high-profile crimes as a way to help fight crime on the island.

Interestingly, "Roatán Crime Watch" has some 2,000 members that consciously "flag" increasing crime, including a January 2, 2014, in which a gunmen fired a shot at a US family who were visiting Roatán for the day on the "Carnival Conquest," and robbed them in broad daylight close to the Palm Beach Resort.

“People told us things like this don’t usually happen on Roatán, but it’s a dangerous place,” said Jeff Smith, a pilot for Delta Air Lines who was in the vehicle along with his wife and three young daughters when the daylight robbery occurred.

US citizen Robert Armstrong, a former Foreign Service Officer (FSO) who is the editor of BAY ISLAND VOICE, an English-language magazine based in Roatán, said that according to the local police, there were seventeen homicides on the island in the first eight months of 2013, none involving tourists, compared with nine during the same period in 2012.

The US State Department updated its travel warning for Honduras on December 24, cautioning that the criminal threat on the Honduran mainland is "Critical," the highest level on the Department's four-tier descending level of "Critical, High, Medium and Low."

The December 24 travel warning issued by the US Department of State also indicated that the Honduran National Police, well known for engaging in criminality, are known for solving just two of the 50 murders committed against US citizens in the country since 2008.

Let me say that again: Honduran police have solved only two of 50 US citizens killed in the country since 2008! This alone should be a "wake-up" call!

I say again, as I have said so often in the past, all of Honduras (including the Bay Islands), is policed by the same Honduran cops who commit crimes themselves.

Although Etches is no doubt among well-intentioned, business owners that have reportedly formed watch committees and are preparing to install more security cameras around the island.

I must remind all foreigners and business owners in the Bay Islands that installing surveillance cameras and forming watch committees are pretty much useless against hardened Honduran criminals who are carrying guns and prepared to use them against foreigners who resist.

Having spent a 22-year career as a Federal agent with the US Department of State and having spent a considerable amount of time in Honduras over the years, both while an associate director of security for Latin America and as a security adviser to the Inter-American Development Bank for the better part of ten years

...I must strongly discourage foreigners living in the Bay Islands into taking their protection into their own hands. This is a fight you cannot win. You are out-gunned.