Suspect in murder of Canadian-American couple was their “good friend”

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Posted: Saturday, May 6, 2017. 11:46 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff:  The double murder of a Canadian- American couple has shaken the expat community in Serenity Sands in Corozal.

Canadian National Francesca Matus, 52, and her boyfriend American veteran Drew De Voursney, 36, were last seen at a popular bar in Corozal town on Tuesday night, April 25, and on Sunday, April 30 the white Isuzu Rodeo belonging to Matus was discovered in a cane field in Paraiso village in the Corozal District.

Their bodies were found decomposed with tape around their right wrists in a Cane Field in Paraiso Village in the Corozal district on Monday, May 1 and the post-mortem results indicated the cause of death to be strangulation.

BBN reported on Thursday that a Canadian national who was Matus’ tenant was detained by police for questioning in relation to the double murder.

John Deshaies was taken yesterday to the Magistrate’s court in Independence in the Stann Creek District where he was arraigned for charges of theft and robbery. Deshaies is accused of stealing over $50,000 worth of electronics from the Placencia casino.

In the Corozal jurisdiction, police and members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating Deshaies for his connection to the murder of Matus and De Voursney.

Deshaies rented an apartment located beneath Matus’ home.

When asked by News 5 yesterday if he was involved in the murder of his landlady, Deshaies denied the allegations saying that he was Matus’ good friend.

The Belize Police department had said that they were following up on reports of threats made to Matus’. Since Matus’ personal belongings were not missing, police have ruled out theft as a motive.

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