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Police in Belize detain suspects in brutal double murder of Atlanta man and his Canadian girlfriend after their bound, strangled bodies were found in cane field

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Police have detained two suspects in brutal double homicide of US man and his Canadian girlfriend in Belize
Ex-US marine Drew DeVoursney and his real estate developer girlfriend Francesca Matus, were found dead, Monday in a sugar cane field in Corozal
Missing for a week, 36-year-old DeVoursney from Atlanta and Matus, 52, from Ontario  showed signs of strangulation and their wrists were bound
Two suspects have been detained and questioned over their brutal murders
Corozal police are investigating possible motives including robbery, jealousy and a real estate deal by Matus that may have gone sour
Belizean authorities say Matus had been threatened in the days before they were killed

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Missing persons poster for the American/Canadian couple

Two suspects have been detained in Belize over the brutal double slaying of a former US marine and his Canadian girlfriend.
Drew DeVoursney, 36, from Atlanta and Francesca Matus, 52, had been missing for almost a week in Corozal, Belize when police discovered them dead in a sugar cane field on Monday.
Their bodies showed signs of being strangled and their wrists were duct-taped.
DeVoursney’s mother Char told WSB-TV she had been notified by authorities on Wednesday that two suspects had been detained and questioned for about two hours.

Francesca Matus, 52, [left], and Drew DeVoursney, 36, [right] had been missing for almost a week in Corozal, Belize when police discovered them dead in a sugar cane field on Monday

Police in Belize reportedly, are working on a number of theories including robbery, jealousy and a possible real estate deal that may have gone sour.
Dennis Arnold, commanding officer in the City of Corozal, said they were investigating some threats that were made against Matus.
The real estate investor and mother of two, however did not report any threats to police and would not confirm if they were death threats.
‘Just open threats. I believe if a report of that threat to Miss Francesca [had been made], maybe she would be alive today,’ Arnold said.
Arnold suggested the killings may have been carried out by foreigners. According to the police chief, members of the tight-knit expatriate community in Corozal knew exactly what was happening.

Francesca Matus and her car1.jpgFrancesca Matus car was also found in the cane field
Francesca Matus (pictured) and her boyfriend Drew DeVoursney were found murdered in a sugar cane field in Belize last Monday. An autopsy report today revealed their wrists were duct-taped and they had been strangled

Francesca Matus (photo) and her boyfriend Drew DeVoursney were found murdered in a sugar cane field in Belize last Monday. An autopsy report today revealed their wrists were duct-taped and they had been strangled.
Before they met their untimely death, Drew DeVoursney and Francescaa Matus, had been dating for six months after meeting in Belize. DeVoursney was due to return to his family in Atlanta this month, while Matus was supposed to fly home to Ontario on April 26 after living in the country for the winter.

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Ex-marine Drew DeVoursney and his canadian partner Francesca Matus were last seen driving away from a bar, headed for Matus’s house. They were found Monday afternoon in a sugar cane field in the Corozal district of Belize.
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Drew DeVoursney and girlfriend Francesca Matus had been missing for almost a week in Corozal, Belize. Police discovered their dead bodies in a sugar cane field on Monday. Their death is being treated as homicide
They were last seen leaving Scotty’s Bar and Grill in Corozal near where Matus lived a week before the grisly discovery.  A missing person’s report was made when a friend of Matus came to pick her up and take her to the airport on April 26.
Her car was found abandoned in a sugar cane field near the village of Paraiso on Sunday and the couple’s bodies were recovered the following day.
‘When I arrived there to pick her up, the gate was closed and the car was gone,’ her friend Joe Milholen told CBC News.
When police eventually found the decomposing bodies, DeVoursney was found on top of Matus with their wrists bound with duct-tape.
DeVoursney who enlisted in the US military after the 9/11 terror attacks was overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder from his time abroad, his mother said. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The couple was last seen leaving Scotty’s Bar and Grill in Corozal, near Matus's home. Her car was found abandoned in a sugar cane field but the bodies were found 'nowhere near the truck', police say (Drew Voursney pictured) Drew DeVoursney enlisted in the US military after the 9/11 terror attacks. He served two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and was overcoming PTSD

 

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