Right after General Mills heiress Nedenia Post Dye, 46, was found in her room dead of multiple stab wounds December 22, 2013, Honduras police caught the young man they believe was the culprit. Lenin Roberto Arana, 25, was covered in blood and trying to flee in the victim’s car.
Dye, formerly of Santa Monica, had been living on the Honduran island of Roatan for 15 years. The George Washington University graduate owned and ran Spa Baan Suerte, a favorite with
Caribbean cruise ship passengers, and a steady employer for island women. She was known for hosting fundraisers and benefit concerts, and for funding youth soccer.
She was the great-grandaughter of Marjorie Merriweather Post, a businesswoman, socialite and philanthropist. Post inherited the Postum Cereal Company in 1929 when she was just 27. She not only guided the company safely through the depression, but managed to transform it into the titan conglomerate General Foods (now merged with Kraft). She donated her Brookville, Long Island “Gold Coast” estate to Long Island University, to create their C.W. Post campus. When she died in 1973, Post was one of the richest women in the world. Dye is also related to actress Dina Merrill.
Dye had told Post that her intrepid great-grandmother had inspired her to take on the adventure of starting a business abroad. Friends say that she was known on Roatan for her kindness and generosity.
Arana was one of the many that Dye had tried to help. He told police that he was her lover. Police say he was a drug-addict whom she was trying to save; her family has described him as a musician whose career she was encouraging. A singer and drummer, Arana had been performing locally as El Canario, or “the Canary.”
Roatan police chief Alex Madrid told reporters that Aran appeared to be under the influence of drugs when he was apprehended, and he’s accused the young man of killing Dye because he wanted crack cocaine.
Friends in Roatan are organizing a memorial for Dye.
Good thing police think they have a head start on cracking this crime: Of the 115 US citizens reported murdered in Honduras since 1995, only 32 cases have been solved.