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Strangled wife of TV producer deserves justice, her mother says

April 19, 2010 |  8:21 am

Bruce and Monica Beresford-RedmondAs Mexican authorities continue their investigation into the strangulation death of the wife of a veteran TV producer at a Cancun resort, her family is demanding justice.

Prosecutors in Cancun said they were awaiting DNA and forensic tests before taking action in the case of the death of Monica Beresford-Redman, a Los Angeles-area nightclub owner and wife of  onetime "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman.

Authorities said she 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.

Beresford-Redman, 38, who also produced MTV's "Pimp My Ride," is barred from leaving Mexico until the investigation is complete. He has denied any role in the slaying.

On the "Today" show Monday, Monica's mother said her daughter's slaying had devastated her family.

“I think there should be justice; everything indicates that it should be so,” Ely Burgos, Monica's mother, said. “The form with which the crime was committed was terrible, it was horrible. Nobody has a right to destroy a family the way that they did it, no one has that right.”

Jeane Burgos said her sister went to Cancun to trying to save her marriage -- even though her family had misgivings. “They were having serious problems, and she was trying to save her marriage because her family was the most important thing for her," she told NBC.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Family handout