Couple found strangled to death a week after going missing in Belize

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The search for a couple who went missing in Belize last April has ended in tragedy, after police found them dead on Monday.

CBC reports that ex-U.S. Marine Drew DeVoursney, 36, and his Canadian girlfriend Francesca Matus, 52, were last seen leaving a popular expat bar in Corozal around 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25.

A friend was supposed to take Matus to the airport for her flight home to Canada on Wednesday. But when he went to pick her up, he found the gate closed, and only DeVoursney’s bike in the driveway. After failing to get hold of the couple, he reported them missing.

On Sunday, police discovered the woman’s SUV abandoned in a remote sugarcane field.

They found the pair’s decomposing remains the next day, in a field about six kilometers outside town. DeVoursney’s body was on top of Matus’, and both had their wrists bound in duct tape.

An autopsy revealed that the couple was strangled to death.

Authorities believe robbery may have been a motive in the killing, but have yet to pinpoint any suspects, according to the Toronto Sun.

1. Couple last seen leaving a bar in Belize
2. Woman’s car found abandoned in a sugarcane field
3. Couple’s bodies found already decomposing, with wrists duct-taped
4. Autopsy shows cause of death was strangulation

VOICEOVER (in English):

“An American man and his Canadian girlfriend were last seen leaving a bar in Corozal, Belize on the night of April 25.”

“Days after the two were reported missing, police discovered the woman’s SUV abandoned in a remote sugarcane field.”

“The couple’s remains were found the next day, six kilometers outside town. The woman’s body was underneath the man’s, and both had duct tape wrapped around their wrists.”

“Authorities are investigating their deaths as a homicide, after autopsy results showed that the pair was strangled to death.”

CBC, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Toronto Sun