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28-Year-Old Texas Woman Found Dead In Belize Day After She Was Reported Missing

Rickilee Mercer, a woman from Spring, Texas, was found dead the day after she was reported missing in Belize. Mercer was last seen on Tuesday, February 28 around 2:00 P.M. when she reportedly fell off a Jet Ski in an area west of Ambergris Caye, Belize known as Secret Beach. Mercer left for San Pedro, Belize on February 24.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Mercer, a 28-year-old accountant, who had gone on a jet ski ride with a man she had just met, was not wearing a life jacket at the time.

Natella Svistunova, from the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy, confirmed Mercer’s body was found Wednesday, March 1, near Blakadore Caye. She died from apparent neck injuries

Via the Chronicle:

“They were thrown off the Jet Ski and the current ripped them apart,” she said. “He was saved right offshore by a boat and said that he had been swimming for an hour and a half.”

Mercer wasn’t wearing a life jacket at the time.

Although searchers later located the Jet Ski, Mercer’s body wasn’t discovered until Wednesday. She was found “in the vicinity of Blakadore Caye with apparent injuries to her neck,” according to Ambergris Today.

The man on the jet ski was 39-year-old Marvin Hazim Yono of Bloomfield, Michigan.

Yono reported that he and his friend invited Mercer along for the ride. He also told police that he and Mercer were heading from Secret Beach when they both fell off.  Yono then swam to shore. He was questioned by police but as since been released.

According to her LinkedIn, Mercer was a Texas A&M University graduate. RIP.


What Happened to Rickilee Mercer?

Rickilee Mercer, a woman from Spring, Texas, was found dead the day after she was reported missing in Belize. Mercer was last seen on Tuesday, February 28 around 2:00 P.M. when she reportedly fell off a Jet Ski in an area west of Ambergris Caye, Belize known as Secret Beach. Mercer left for San Pedro, Belize on February 24.

Tributes from Mercer’s Facebook.

One user said: “I pray for the comfort of your family. Rickilee Mercer, I have always used you as an example of who I want my daughter to be in her young adult life.”

“You will always be my golden girl,” wrote another.


Where was Rickilee Mercer from?

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