Will Rice and Down the Path is back, this time with the story of an unsolved murder in Belize. After the success of their first season, Down the Path finally returns, this time with the story of the killing of Dr. Gary Swank and fishing guide Mario Graniel’s in a drive-by shooting on the flats.
Currently, there are three episodes available, with new episodes premiering weekly! We’ll let Will tell the rest of the insane story:
On June 23, 2019, San Pedro, Belize, police were called to a crime scene on the waters of Ambergris Caye. After a short search, they found the body of fly fishing guide Mario Graniel slumped behind the wheel of his flats skiff, Johnnie G. Not far from the boat was his client, Dr. Gary Swank, floating face down in the warm Caribbean water. Swank was a highly regarded cardiologist from Roanoke, VA, visiting San Pedro, a bustling Central American town just south of the Mexican border, for the first time.
San Pedro local Mario Graniel, a professional flyfishing guide, had been hired by Swank for a typical flyfishing outing while he, his wife, and three children vacationed for a few days on the small tropical island. Ambergris Caye is one of the most popular destinations for saltwater anglers taking a shot at bonefish, tarpon, and permit—better known as a Saltwater Grand Slam.
It was quickly reported by police and local media that Swank and Graniel suffered multiple gunshot wounds. For the fly fishing world and the tourism industry in Belize, the news was shocking. For both families involved, it was a tragedy. Join host Will Rice as he explores the murders of Dr. Gary Swank and his fishing guide, Mario Graniel, on the flats of Ambergris Caye, Belize, in June 2019.
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