British man found dead in the sea off of Belize had & # 39; harvested organs and was killed & # 39; says wife
Karen Crabtree is desperately looking for answers to what, according to him, the & # 39; suspect & # 39; circumstances surrounding his death
The wife of a Northumberland salesman who was found dead in Belize thinks he was killed and his organs were harvested.
Philip Crabtree was found floating over the sea on 28 June after a night out on the seaside in the seaside town of Placencia.
He had injuries to his head and hand and his wallet and phone were missing.
Police in Belize have since decided the death of the 58-year-old accident, saying that his injuries were consistent with drowning.
But his wife Karen, from Cramlington, is convinced that something sinister had happened.
& # 39; There are too many things that are wrong & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; If he had died of cancer or was hit by a bus, it would be easier to agree, but everything is so suspicious, I don't know if we'll ever get the answers. & # 39;
After hearing of her husband's death, Crabtree was shocked to hear that his organs had been removed, the corpse of the funeral service saying they had been taken after the autopsy and burned.
Mrs. Crabtree said: & I just don't believe it, I think they were harvested. & # 39;
Philip and Karen Crabtree were divorced at the time of his death, but Mrs. Crabtree said they were still in touch and close friends
The couple met a mutual friend in 2009 and married in 2013. At the time of Mr Crabtree's death, they had been divorced for two years, but they were still on good terms and spoke regularly.
According to his wife, Crabtree had moved to Portugal for a year after their divorce, and in March this year he told his family that he had met a woman online who lived in Belize and was planning to go there.
She said: & # 39; I think he was going to see what it was like and got a feel for the place. & # 39;
But after less than three months in the Central American country, he was found dead off the coast of Palencia.
According to a statement from the local police of the Belize Love FM radio station, the 58-year-old was already socializing in Placenica Village on Thursday evening and was last seen on the beach with a bottle of rum.
He was discovered the next morning by floating in the water by a local fisherman.
The couple, pictured together with Christmas, met a mutual friend in 2009 and married in 2013 before saying goodbye two years ago. Crabtree had moved to Belize for another woman and lived there for three months at the time of his death
As reported by Love FM at that time, Assistant Police Commissioner and Head of the National Crimes Investigation Branch said: & # 39; …Mr. Crabtree was socializing in Placencia Village from the evening and sometime after 9 p.m. he was accompanied by a Belizean get-together. & # 39;
The commissioner said the Belizean then left and Mr. Crabtree was last seen, toward the beach with a bottle of rum, and that was the last time he was seen alive.
He said that another post mortem found that the British man had died of & # 39; asphyxia due to fluid inhalation consistent with drowning & # 39; and that a small cut above his eye was consistent with a fall in the water.
Mrs. Crabtree first heard of his death on Saturday – one day after he was found – when the police called to say it & # 39; had bad news & # 39 ;.
& # 39; They came to tell me that my husband had died. I was traumatized and destroyed. It's just awful.
& # 39; I feel like I'm in a dream, I keep squeezing myself and trying to wake myself up, but it doesn't happen. & # 39;
Mrs. Crabtree then learned from the funeral home in Belize that Philip's organs had been taken without permission.
She then filed a complaint through the British embassy.
An e-mail from the funeral director said that when the funeral director arrived in the hospital to prepare the body, he found that all organs were removed after the autopsy was completed and the caretaker in the mortuary told him they were burned & # 39 ;.
Karen is now faced with raising over £ 9,000 to bring Philip's body back to the UK.
She said the funeral home was going to cremate him, but she refused while she wanted his whole body back.
& # 39; I feel like he was killed, there are too many things that are wrong.
& # 39; Why didn't his wallet fall on him when he started socializing with others?
& # 39; I asked how he was identified and they said he had his passport with him, but Philip would never carry his passport in case he lost it.
& # 39; They did autopsy and said it was dead from suffocation and drowning – but why was he drowned? They don't investigate.
& # 39; He had a head trauma over his left eye and cuts and marks his right hand.
& # 39; So much has happened. I have no answers and I will not find out now.
& # 39; It's devastating. Yes, we were divorced, but he was still my husband.
& # 39; I know we were getting a divorce, but I'd rather be a divorce than being a widow. & # 39;
Philip and Karen Crabtree in happier times. Mrs. Crabtree is convinced that her husband's death was not an accident
Originally from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, the couple met a mutual friend in 2009 and the couple lived together in Longframlington until their divorce.
Mrs. Crabtree said: & We were still talking and to some extent we were friends. If he needed someone to talk to, I was always there. I was happy that he went ahead with his life and he was happy that I went ahead with mine.
& # 39; His family is in pieces. My oldest daughter dozed on him, he was like a father to her for 11 years.
& # 39; It all makes no sense, I can't get my head on it. & # 39;
A spokesperson for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office said: & # 39; Our staff supports the family of a British man who died in Belize and we are in contact with the local authorities. & # 39;
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