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Body of TV producer's wife to be returned to L.A. for more tests

April 27, 2010 |  8:07 am

The body of a Westside nightclub owner is being flown back to Los Angeles for further forensic tests as authorities in Cancun continue to investigate the woman's slaying.

Bruce and Monica Beresford-Redmond

Prosecutors in Cancun said they were awaiting DNA and forensic tests before taking action in the case of the death of Monica Beresford-Redman. Her husband, Bruce Beresford-Redman, who produced CBS' "Survivor" and MTV's "Pimp My Ride," is barred from leaving Mexico until the investigation is complete. He has been called a "person of interest" by the police, who have said there are "inconsistencies" in his story.

Authorities said Beresford-Redman died of strangulation but also suffered several blows to the head. She died sometime on April 5, and her husband reported her missing the following day. Her body was found Thursday, dumped in a sewer. Authorities reportedly did not believe she was killed there.

Bruce Beresford-Redman has denied any role in the slaying.

Prosecutors in Cancun told Mexican media outlets late Monday that Monica's body was being returned to L.A., released in the name of one of her sisters. The family, authorities said, wanted more tests performed on the body. It's unclear whether those tests would be included in the homicide investigation.

Friends and family have been holding fundraisers at Monica's nightclub to establish a memorial fund for the couple's children.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Bruce and Monica Beresford-Redman. Credit: Family handout