Posted: Monday, May 28, 2018. 1:00 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: As the month of May draws to a close, a month away from mid-year, Belize is on pace for a record murder count in 2018 with the toll reportedly reaching 80 as of last week. Police acknowledged it is a major concern since last year’s total was 142 and the highest on record was 145 in 2012.
The 1st of May, 2018 also marked one year since the discovery of a couple of North American expats, Canadian Francesca Matus and American Drew Devoursney, who had been strangled and dumped in a cane field in Corozal. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents visited Belize to assist local authorities with the investigation but the case has gone cold. Relatives of the victims recently told the press that they are quickly losing hope.
“We’re never going to know who killed my sister,” Tony Rino, Matus’ brother, told local Canadian media. The families don’t believe the killer will be found.
The couple resided in the quiet expat community of Serenity Sands in the Corozal district.
They were last seen socializing at Scotty’s bar in Corozal town on the night of April 25, 2017. Matus and De Voursney’s personal documents were found intact at their homes after they were reported missing.
After search parties were organized, the white Isuzu Rodeo belonging to Matus was found on Sunday, April 30, 2017 in a cane field in Paraiso village in Corozal.
On Monday, May 1, 2017, Matus and De Voursney’s bodies were found in a cane field in Chan Chen village, Corozal. The bodies were found decomposing and authorities observed tape on their wrists.
The onsite post-mortem later revealed the cause of death to be strangulation.
One of Matus’ tenant, fellow Canadian John Deshaies was arrested shortly after the bodies were discovered and spent 10 days in jail before he was cleared.
The brutal double murder remains unsolved.
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