A US Marine veteran and his Canadian girlfriend who went missing in Belize were reportedly strangled to death, according to autopsy reports released on Tuesday.
The decomposed bodies of 36-year-old Drew DeVoursney and 52-year-old Toronto native Francesca Matus were found by local authorities in Belize on Monday, reportedly bound with duct tape on their right wrists.
“Police continue to collaborate with the U.S. Embassy and the Canadian consulate as investigations continue,” police said.
Devoursney’s mother, Char DeVoursney, said she has been informed of her son’s death by US Embassy officials in Belize.
“I’m not able to really do anything, kind of just sit and think and cry and that’s all I’m capable of at the moment,” she told the Toronto Star.
The bodies of the two -who had been dating for about three months- were reportedly found stacked on top of each other in a cane field near the Mexican border, almost a week after they were last seen leaving a bar.
Matus’ white SUV was found nearly 10 miles from the bar where the couple was last seen alive. A search of the house by a local friend turned up Matus’ packed suitcase and passport. Both were expected to be doing some traveling prior to their disappearance.
According to AJC, Devoursney had been living in Belize since December and had served multiple tours in Iraq prior to leaving the Marine Corps.
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