May 3, 2017 6:52 pm
Updated: May 3, 2017 10:29 pm

Belize police detain two suspects in death of Francesca Matus, Drew DeVoursney: reports

Francesca Matus, 52, from Markham, Ont., was in Belize with her American boyfriend Drew Devoursney, 36,when they disappeared last week.


Two persons of interest have been detained and are being questioned in relation to the death of Francesca Matus.

Matus, a mother of two from Markham, Ont., went missing in Belize along with her American boyfriend Drew DeVoursney on April 25.

The pair were found dead, nearly a week later, strangled with their hands bound in duct tape.

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Police in Belize said investigators are treating the case as a homicide.

DeVoursney’s mother told WBS-TV 2 in Atlanta police emailed her about the developments earlier Wednesday.

Matus’ cousin Ivana Pucci told Global News she has not received any official details from Belize police, and Global Affairs said that no further information could be released to protect the privacy of the family.

Sr. Supt. Dennis Arnold told Channel 7 News in Belize that they were also investigating “some threats that [were] made” against Matus, though he declined to elaborate on the types of threats.

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