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TV producer's wife strangled, hit on head several times, Cancun prosecutors say

April 12, 2010 |  8:52 am

A reality-TV producer is a "person of interest" in the slaying of his wife at a luxury Cancun resort but he has not been arrested, Mexican authorities said.

Prosecutors in Cancun said Monday that they were continuing to investigate the circumstances of the strangulation death of Monica Beresford-Redman, a Westside nightclub owner.

Mexican media reports quoted prosecutors as saying 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 don't believe she was killed there.

On Friday, Bruce Beresford-Redman, 38, who produced CBS' "Survivor" and MTV's "Pimp My Ride," was released by state police in Mexico after being questioned. He is barred from leaving Mexico until the investigation is completed.

He has denied any role in the slaying of his wife.

Francisco Alor, attorney general for the Cancun area, told local media outlets that the timeline the producer provided about his wife's disappearance appeared to clash with those of some witnesses.

The couple had gone to Mexico for a romantic getaway that family members said was designed to revive a strained marriage. Guests at the Moon Palace Hotel in Cancun reported hearing a loud fight coming from the room the couple shared with their children.

His father, David Beresford-Redman, said in a statement that his son "loved [his wife] and would never have harmed her. He has our full support as we try to do what’s best for him and our grandchildren so they can be reunited soon."

The statement continued: "We urge Mexican law enforcement authorities to identify those responsible for this horrendous crime."

Monica Beresford-Redman, a native of Brazil, owned the Zabumba Restaurant on Venice Boulevard near Overland Avenue.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Bruce and Monica Beresford-Redman. Credit: family photo

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