TV Producer Returns to the U.S. Despite Wife’s Murder Investigation


A reality television producer has left Mexico, despite requests from Mexican authorities to remain in the country, after his wife’s body was discovered during their vacation.

Bruce Beresford-Redman was questioned shortly after his wife was found dead in a sewer near the couple’s Cancun resport hotel, but was released from police custody on the condition that he remain in Mexico pending their investigation. They also seized his passport, but according to the Department of Homeland Security, only citizens entering the United States by air are required to show their passport; others can establish their identity and citizenship with an enhanced driver’s license or other documentation.

Beresford-Redman’s wife, Monica, appeared to have “died of strangulation,” according to Adrian Cardena, a spokesperson for the regional police.

Beresford-Redman has been described as a “person of interest” in the killing, and the Mexican prosecutor who is handling the case said over the weekend that he has been unable to locate the producer, who was needed to “sign some paperwork and answer a few additional questions,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

His attorney, Richard Hirsch, said that Beresford-Redman has returned to Los Angeles “to be with his children and to attend to family and personal matters,” adding that he “has no legal obligation to remain in Mexico.”

Monica Beresford-Redman’s sisters met with representatives of the FBI at the United States Embassy in Mexico City, in order to ask that the U.S. government get involved in the investigation.

“Now, more than ever, we beg of the Mexican authorities to accept the assistance that has been offered to them by the FBI,” the sisters said in a statement released over the weekend.

According to sources close to the couple, Monica Beresford-Redman had learned that her husband was involved in an extramarital affair and, as a result, cleaned out the family bank account and traveled to Hawaii with their children. After reconciling, Bruce and Monica Beresford-Redman took the trip to Cancun in an effort to rebuild their relationship.

The couple’s two young children are in the temporary custody of their paternal grandparents, but Monica Beresford-Redman’s sister, Carla Burgos, is challenging them for custody.

Monica Beresford-Redman is a native of Brazil and ran a popular Latin restaurant, Zabumba, with her sisters in Los Angeles. The restaurant has been closed since Monica’s death on April 8.

Bruce Beresford-Redman worked on the popular television reality show “Survivor” for several years, and was nominated for three Emmy Awards. He also worked on MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” and several reality shows for NBC.


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