Police have a man in custody after a Canadian woman was found stabbed to death in a quiet retirement village in Belize Tuesday night, her family says.
Patricia Lynn Nichiporowich, 57, of Vancouver, was found stabbed to death in her apartment in Consejo Village, a popular spot for American and Canadian retirees.
"She was a lovely, helpful person," said John Ractliffe, Nichiporowich's former brother-in-law, who worked with her at the family business, Exo-Impact and Mould Experts. He said he spoke to her a few hours before she was killed and she seemed very happy.
Ractliffe said he's shocked this could happen to someone who "literally wouldn't hurt a fly."
Nichiporowich retired to Belize a year ago with her American partner. Immigration red tape prevented the couple from retiring together in Canada or the U.S. He was in Florida at the time of the killing.
"Those two were like peas in a pod," said Ractliffe.
Deputy Daniel Arzu of the Corozal Police told Belize 7 News that cops found Nichiporowich facedown in a pool of blood.
"It appears that a person (or persons) may have made entry by climbing to the upper flat of the building, and exited by the same means, jumping down and making their escape," Arzu said. "We found a knife on the couch inside the living room, smeared with what appears to blood, and the injuries observed on the body would seem to be that of injuries from a sharp object."
Nothing appeared to missing from the home.
"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Canadian Citizen who passed away in Belize," said Foreign Affairs.