However, a friend of Deshaies said police have the wrong man in custody and the Canadian construction company owner would never harm Matus.
It’s a terrible misunderstanding,” the friend told the Toronto Sun. “Francesca was his best friend. He’s a really good guy.”
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 fieldThe friend, who did not want to be identified, said officers targeted Deshaies because he disappeared shortly after the Canadian real estate investor and DeVoursney went missing.
However, local law enforcement started to focus on Deshaies, who lived in the lower half of Matus’ home in Belize, following a theft at a Placenia casino.
“Belize is a very corrupt country,” the friend said. “I think they’re actually keeping him in jail for his own safety. They want it to seem like it’s a Canadian or American problem rather than a Belizean one.”
Belizean authorities remain convinced the murders were an extension of a quarrel within the expatriate community that went too far.
“We have one person we believe can assist us in our investigation,” was all police Sr. Superintendent Dennis Arnold said addressing the media.
Matus, 52, split her time living in Canada and Belize and was a popular figure among the ex-pat community of 300 strong that gathered at a local watering hole for gossip and fun.
The last time she and DeVoursney, 36, were seen alive was at Scotty’s Bar and Grill in Corozal.
The couple, who had only been dating for a few months, were found dead in a field near the village of Chan Chen a week after they disappeared.
Sources said marks on the bodies indicate that Matus and DeVoursney had been strangled.
A second suspect was taken into custody Wednesday, but their identity has not been released.