NEDENIA POST DYE, Who Is A Relative of an American Heiress, Is Found MURDERED At Her Luxury Spa In ROATAN, Honduras. Garifuna Man Is Arrested and Is Considered The Main Suspect

 

American Heiress NEDENIA POST DYE, who was found murdered in Roatan, Honduras on December 22nd 2013.  Photo courtesy of youtube.

American Heiress NEDENIA POST DYE, who was found murdered in Roatan, Honduras on December 22nd 2013. Photo courtesy of youtube.

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Roatan, Honduras — Nedenia Post Dye, the great-granddaughter of the heiress to the General Foods cereal fortune, was found stabbed to death at her Luxury Spa in Roatan, Honduras on Sunday, December 22nd 2013.  A Garifuna Man, Lenin Roberto Arana, was arrested and is the main suspect in this murder, although he maintains that he is innocent.

I came to learn about this murder when I had gone to yahoo.com to check my email on Saturday night, December 28th 2013.  When I saw the photo of Ms. Dye and the headline on the homepage, my eyebrow arched up and upon clicking on the headline, I learned about this murder.

Story of Nedenia Post Dye's murder on the Yahoo Home Page on December 29th 2013.

Story of Nedenia Post Dye’s murder on the Yahoo Home Page on December 29th 2013.

Gabrielle Levy of UPI.com, reports that Nedenia Post Dye was, “found stabbed to death in the bathroom of her home on the Honduran island Roatan Sunday. Police said they arrested musician Lenin Roberto Arana, who had been romantically involved with Dye, on suspicion of her murder.”

UPI.com continues, “Arana, known as “The Canary,” denied killing her, claiming he had been headed for the airport at the time of the murder. But police said witnesses heard Arana and Dye arguing several hours before she was found dead.”

Finally, UPI.com adds, ” ‘We believe she was a victim of domestic violence,’ said Police Comandante Alex Madrid. ‘[Arana] allegedly killed her because he wanted to get crack. It was apparent he was under the influence of drugs.’ ”

According to Daniella Silva of Nbcnews.com, Nedenia Post Dye was the great-granddaughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a businesswoman who inherited the Post Cereal Company empire in the 1910s at the age of 27.   Post Cereal Company eventually became General Foods Corporation, one of the world’s largest food companies.  General Foods Corporation was acquired by Philip Morris and eventually merged with the Kraft Inc in 1990.   Ms Dye had moved to Roatan 15 years ago and is the owner of the Spa Baan Suerte Luxury Spa in Sandy Bay, Roatan.

Spa Baan Suerte in Roatan, Honduras.  Photo courtesy of Spa Baan Suerte /  Facebook

Spa Baan Suerte in Roatan, Honduras. Photo courtesy of Spa Baan Suerte / Facebook

Spa Baan Suerte.  Photo courtesy of Spabaansuerte.com

Spa Baan Suerte. Photo courtesy of Spabaansuerte.com

Kent Burnes, a resort owner in Roatan and a friend of Nedenia Post Dye told Newsday  that Spa Baan Suerte catered to cruise ship vacationers and employed women from Roatan. Ms. Dye also organized benefit concerts for local causes.

Spa Baan Suerte.  Photo courtesy of Spabaansuerte.com

Spa Baan Suerte. Photo courtesy of Spabaansuerte.com

In 2012, Ms. Dye was at a Women’s Leadership Program presentation at her alma mater, George Washington University in Washington D.C.  While there, she explained that she inherited many values from her great-grandmother, Business Executive, Philanthropist and Socialite Majorie Merriweather Post, they include a tendency to take risks and a love of adventure.

When asked by students what brought her to Honduras, Ms. Dye recalled, “My friend and I had an idea to start a business.  I wanted to go to Asia but she said ‘No, Central America is closer. If [the business] fails, we can swim home.’ ”

With her spa thriving, Ms. Dye also launched an initiative for Roatan children with a talent for soccer.  She explained, “These are kids with no resources. Their family unit is broken. The kids have to leave school to work,”  Through a friend who owns one of Honduras’ soccer teams, she is financing a project through which the teens are taken in by a team, educated, and trained.

“We now have four kids ‘in the pros’ and another six getting ready,”  Ms. Dye declared.

Spa Baan Suerte.  Photo courtesy of Spabaansuerte.com

Spa Baan Suerte. Photo courtesy of Spabaansuerte.com

Roatan Police Chief Alex Edgardo Madrid told reporters Friday, December 27th 2013 that Nedenia Post Dye, 46, of Santa Monica, Calif., was found dead on Sunday, December 22nd 2013 at her residence in the resort town with multiple stab wounds to the back.   Mr. Madrid said police arrested Mr. Arana who was caught while trying to get away in Ms. Dye’s vehicle.  Allegedly, his clothes were soaked with blood.  He has been charged with the murder.  The Associated Press has reported that Ms. Dye was trying to help Mr. Arana get off drugs.  According to Mr. Madrid, Ms. Dye, “was a good woman who worked with young people at risk, drug addicts and alcoholics.” Mr. Madrid also noted that Mr. Arana explained that he and Ms. Dye were romantically involved.

Roatan Police Chief, Mr. Alex Edgardo Madrid.

Roatan Police Chief, Mr. Alex Edgardo Madrid.  Photo courtesy of televicentroHN

When speaking to reporters, Mr. Arana has denied murdering Ms. Dye.  He claimed, “She was like a mother to me, and it pains me greatly” before bursting into tears.   Below is video of both Mr. Madrid and Mr. Arana speaking to media in Spanish.   It’s from the Honduran news program, Hoy Mismo, (“Today Now” in Spanish).

Mr. Lenin Roberto Arana was a local singer who went by the stage name, CANARIO  (“Canary” in Spanish).  In speaking to local Roatan natives, most acknowledge that CANARIO was a talented singer.  The problem was that he was often under the influence of drugs, making it difficult for him to build some momentum for his music career.

Singer of Garifuna Descent CANARIO, (a.k.a. Lenin Roberto Arana).

Singer of Garifuna Descent CANARIO, (a.k.a. Lenin Roberto Arana).

In circumstances like this, it’s pretty difficult to figure out just what was really going on between a man and a woman.  Conflicting reports say Canario was a lover or husband of Ms. Dye.  In talking to natives of Roatan, most saw the two together and assumed they were a couple, but were they really though?  Only one person can answer that question now.  Some reports cite Mr. Arana as saying that he and Ms. Dye were romantically involved.  Mr. Arana is 25 years old and Ms. Dye was 46 years old.

Singer of Garifuna Descent CANARIO, (a.k.a. Lenin Roberto Arana).

Singer of Garifuna Descent CANARIO, (a.k.a. Lenin Roberto Arana).

Singer of Garifuna Descent CANARIO, (a.k.a. Lenin Roberto Arana).

Singer of Garifuna Descent CANARIO, (a.k.a. Lenin Roberto Arana).

In fact, CANARIO recently was the subject of a music video filmed in Cuba.  The song is called “Mysterious” and is done in a reggae-esque style.  Below is a link to that music video.  Youtube lists the date of publication as December 18th 2013, a few days before the murder of Ms. Dye.

Authorities in Roatan are going to have to get to the bottom of whether Mr. Arana actually committed this crime.  It may interest readers to know that members representing various generations of the Arana family have been involved in various acts of violence.  It’s like a dark cloud hovers over the Arana family.

In the 1990s, Canario’s grand father Nicholas Arana shot and killed a man in some dispute in Punta Gorda, Roatan.  It was the first recorded murder in the town of Punta Gorda, Roatan.  Some natives in Roatan believe it was an accident.

In 1991, The New York Times Newspaper reported that his uncle Julian Arana (who was 36 at the time) stabbed his wife and step-daughter to death in a rage after they refused to give him money to buy crack.   According to that news story, his wife was found dead in her bedroom, her torso slashed and stabbed several times.  Julian Arana’s stepdaughter was found inside the front door of their family apartment in the Bronx.  She was stabbed several times in the back.

Singer of Garifuna descent, CANARIO (Lenin Roberto Arana).

Singer of Garifuna descent, CANARIO (Lenin Roberto Arana).

Those other acts of violence have nothing to do with Mr. Lenin Roberto Arana, of course.  However, it is a shame to have that kind of history or legacy in your family.  Many reports on this matter suggest that Mr. Arana is addicted to drugs and that adds another complicated matter to this Central American crime.  In short, the drug trade has a big presence in Central America and this crime is one example of how the drug trade impacts various communities in Honduras and it’s neighboring countries.  It is a mighty force to reckon with and it will probably get worse before it gets better.

In fact, on December 24th 2013, the United States Department of State repeated its warning to U.S. residents visiting or living in Honduras.  According to the State Department’s warning, violence and crime remain ‘critically’ high in Honduras and the vast majority of serious crimes (including those against United States citizens) are never solved.  The report explains, “The Government of Honduras lacks sufficient resources to properly investigate and prosecute cases, and police often lack vehicles or fuel to respond to calls for assistance. In practice, this means police may take hours to arrive at the scene of a violent crime, or may not respond at all. As a result, criminals operate with a high degree of impunity throughout Honduras.”

The report continues, explaining that, “Transnational criminal organizations also conduct narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout the country, using violence to control drug trafficking routes and carry out criminal activity. Other criminals, acting both individually and in gangs in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, and other large cities, commit crimes such as murder, kidnapping, extortion, carjacking, armed robbery, rape, and other aggravated assaults.”

“Of the 50 murders committed against United States citizens since 2008 in Honduras, police have only solved two.” the warning said.  However, the warning also indicates that areas like Roatan, with it’s many resorts and where Ms. Dye lived, had much less crime than the country as a whole.  Although crime rates there are relatively high based on international standards.  Roatan is a small island off the coast of Honduras.

island of Roatan in relation to Honduras and the rest of Central America.

island of Roatan in relation to Honduras and the rest of Central America.

As more information becomes available, I hope to keep you updated on this matter.  Beinggarifuna.com extends condolences to the family of Nedenia Post Dye.  May she rest in peace.  Hopefully, authorities will be able to find the person (or people) behind this crime

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