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Cancun authorities examine 'inconsistencies' in details given by TV producer whose wife was found slain in Mexico

April 11, 2010 |  9:45 am

A Mexican prosecutor has told Cancun reporters that investigators are focusing on "inconsistencies" in a timeline given by a veteran reality-TV producer in the disappearance of his wife, who was found slain this week at a luxury Cancun resort.

Bruce Beresford-Redman, 38, was released by state police in Mexico on Friday after being questioned for hours concerning the strangulation death of wife Monica (pictured with Brazilian actor Nerso da Capitinga), the owner of a popular nightclub on Los Angeles' Westside.Monica Beresford-Redman He is barred from leaving Mexico until the investigation is completed.

He has denied any role in the slaying.

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.

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."

On Monday, Bruce Beresford-Redman, who produced CBS' "Survivor" and MTV's "Pimp My Ride," reported that his wife was missing in Cancun. Her body was found Thursday in a drainage pipe near their hotel. She had scratches on her face, and there were signs that she had been strangled, the newspaper reported.

Guests at the Moon Palace Hotel in Cancun reported hearing a loud fight coming from the room the couple shared last weekend with their children.

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

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Monica Beresford-Redman and actor Nerso da Capitinga in an undated photo. Credit: Brazil Explore Magazine / Associated Press