Police in the Central American nation of Belize have
reportedly taken three young men into custody after a
76-year-old New Zealand man died when he was bound and gagged
in a suspected robbery.
Barry Blayney was discovered in his house in the village of
Crooked Tree last Wednesday, 7 News Belize reported.
His hands and feet were bound, his mouth was taped up and
there was a piece of cloth over his head.
There were no signs of physical violence, and one theory was
that he had been tied up by robbers and that the tape over
his mouth had caused him breathing problems, the news website
Local news source the Village Post reported that three young
men had been taken into custody as the police investigation
Mr Blayney had been living in Crooked Tree for about 10 years
and was operating a small grocery store there.
The community was reportedly in shock by what had happened.
A spokeswoman for New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Trade said it was aware of Mr Blayney's death and had
extended consular advice and support to his next of kin.