Lost evidences

The evidences found on a crime scene make it possible for the (qualified) authorities to reconstruct the crime and especially, to put forward irrefutable proof as for the culpability of an individual and his actions. Some of these elements can also verify or weaken the collected testimonies.

On September 19, 2009, at the time of our arrival in Mexico, the Canadian consular agent in Cancún gave us a list of the evidence collected by the Mexican authorities. When the crime scene was reopened on September 21, her computer and webcam are given back to us. The very same day, we carry out the cleaning of the premises which was under our responsibility. On September 22 mornings, we enter the apartment. Several objects were missing and were not on the list given to the Canadian consular authorities. Our mother’s friends who were with us indicate that the police, more specifically the Judiciales, went out of the apartment with bags fully filled during the closing of the crime scene on the previous Thursday.

We contact the Canadian consular agent to validate this information; it seems that it is common practice in Mexico for the authorities to take belongings from the dead. Therefore, if somebody enters on your property to steal from you and kills you instead, the police will make sure to finish the job. On recommendation of the Canada consular agent in Cancún, we went to make a deposition for the disappearance of these belongings. Although we can pour a pretty heavy amount of money to get them back, the consul recommends to us not to take part in the corruption system. Moreover, they explain to us that if nobody denounces these practices, things will never change. The aim is not to recover these things, but simply to denounce these malpractices.

The next day, we go to the Ministerio Publico for the deposition. Two witnesses came with us. After a short introduction about the reasons of our visit, the person on duty that morning asks us to wait. After a little more than an hour, he returns and gives us the Mexican cell phone and the compact digital camera of our mother. He informs us that these devices were in Cancún for investigation. He also mentions that the memory card of the camera was cleared because it contained evidences.

He also tries to justify the absence of these devices on these lists, because there was blood on them. Somewhat impossible since the crime took place in another room of the apartment than the office where they were found. He agrees. He then tries to play the receipt game to prove the existence of these objects. That is also typical in Mexico; do not forget to travel with the original receipt of all the goods you bring. After some negotiation, we succeed in making a deposition in due form. An investigation will be open in addition to the one concerning the sale of photographs of the crime scene by law enforcement officers.

When the, still soaked in coagulated blood, jewels and glasses were given back to us, the person in charge informs us that he cannot give us the dental prostheses taken on of Mrs. Wathelet body. They are kept in evidences at the Poder Judicial of Isla Mujeres.

In the following days, we checked the hard drive bay of the laptop. The seals of the bay and disc drawer were all were broken, which means that the hard drive was extracted and probably cloned by the authorities for later analysis. That is coherent with the declaration made to us by the authorities.

Although the authorities claim they have investigated these evidences, it seemed normal to double check the work. We then discovered several disconcerting information on the few devices which did not disappear. This was one of the starting points of the private investigation. It will have taken 5 months to make these evidences entered to the court files, being systematically ridged with the unwillingness and/or the ignorance of certain legal procedures by certain officials in function and with, what looked like, bureaucratic indifference on behalf other higher authorities. Certain evidences were finally officially investigated, 5 months after the crime.

Witnesses close to the reselling network on the island said to have seen our mother’s iPhone. The “salesman” mentioned that it the devices previously own by the “Canadiense”. To prove it, he showed photographs taken with the device at the time of Mrs. Wathelet autopsy. This device may also contain crucial evidences to the case, but that, we might never know.

Some also speculate that Mrs. Wathelet’s prosthetic dentistry was kept for recycling and resale. During your next trip to Isla Mujeres or Cancún, instead of playing at “Where is Charlie”, you will be able to play “Where is Renee’s smile”.

On April 4, 2010, the oldest son of Mrs. Wathelet was still in Isla Mujeres. By mere chance, he meets the colleague of Violeta who was also on the crime scene. He gave its version of the facts which corroborates those given by the other witnesses. He also gives certain details which were not in the police report; he crossed path with the assassin in the staircases when he went to apartment number 8, he heard everything, and saw face to face with the assassin in its escape. The only weird thing is he was never summoned to testify. The authorities considered its testimony useless. His name does not even appear in the report.

All this is done in plain sights and knowledge of the Canadian authorities. They supposedly cannot do anything, citing the restrictions imposed by the Canadian foreign policy. Although the RCMP already took part in investigations of Canadian killed in Mexico, in our case, it would be necessary for them to be officially invited by the local authorities. Good luck…


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