American Tourist Daniel Perry Dryden Murdered aboard Sailbaot on Lake Izabal, Guatemala (Arrests Made)


Another heinous murder to report from the Caribbean, “Beauty and the beast”. It was their retirement dream, it ended in nightmare …

A US tourist, 66 year old Daniel Perry Dryden was hacked to death by Guatemala_rio_dulcerobbers armed with machetes aboard his sailboat that was anchored in Lake Izabal, Guatemala. Four men armed with knives attacked and killed Daniel Perry Dryden as their yacht was docked in Rio Dulce, a town on Guatemala’s Lake Izabal. His wife, 67 year old Nancy Dryden was wounded seriously in the attack as her lung was punctured from stab wounds; however, was recovering in a Guatemalan hospital.

“They poked us and stabbed us with the machetes, and they were asking for money, specifically dollars,” said Dryden, who was listed in stable condition at a hospital in the lakeside town of Morales.
The thieves were apparently unhappy with the take. “We had a few quetzales (Guatemala’s currency), but we had no dollars with us on the boat,” Dryden recounted.

After assaulting the couple, the men demanded she hand over the keys to the vessel, which has an auxiliary motor. When she didn’t — she was unable to tell whether they wanted the keys to the boat, or a small dinghy the couple used to get to shore — the men left, also apparently by swimming.

Dryden struggled over to the boat’s radio and sent out a distress call. “I said we need help … I said my husband was not moving,” Dryden recalled.

Recently in March 2008, protesting farmers in Guatemala briefly kidnapped four Belgian tourists at Lake Izabal to press for the release of a jailed activist. They were released unharmed.

Dryden’s children arrived Tuesday to take their mother back home and to transport their father’s body to Alaska

Update I: Police Arrest Two Brothers Accused of Hacking to Death an American Tourist

“Two men were apprehended with the aid of security cameras,” the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement. They will appear in court on Monday, it said.

Guatemala has one of the highest murder rates in Latin America, with armed robbery a common crime.

Posted August 16, 2008 by
Caribbean, Crime, Murder, Travel, World, WTF | 4 comments

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  • Comments

    4 Responses to “American Tourist Daniel Perry Dryden Murdered aboard Sailbaot on Lake Izabal, Guatemala (Arrests Made)”

    1. Houston on August 16th, 2008 7:26 pm

      When you are spending the night on a sailboat in some tropical place, you are on your own. There are lots of stories about sailboats being attacked and the people disappear.

      Tonights Houston Chronicle says in the Travel section that Aruba is one of the places that people have to return to. Guess they have not read the state department page on Aruba…

    2. Richard on August 16th, 2008 7:50 pm

      At least we can be sure that nobody in the Caribbean would resort to sex trafficking.

      Murder, yes; violence, clearly; drugs, certainly.

      But sex trafficking, which is among the most profitable criminal activities, and is tied in with arms trafficking and drug trafficking?

      Don’t give it a second thought.

    3. nurturer on August 17th, 2008 7:45 am

      A .45 is a great equalizer.

    4. Ray on August 19th, 2008 1:08 am

      If the Americas was a Bull,the Carribean would be its Rectum.


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