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'Survivor' producer arrested in wife's strangulation death [Updated]

April 8, 2010 | 10:54 am

Monica Beresford-Redman, the wife of a top reality TV show producer and the owner of a Brazilian restaurant and nightclub in Palms, has been found dead in Cancun, and her husband reportedly has been taken into custody.

"Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman told police that his wife vanished on Monday from the luxurious Moon Palace resort where they were staying. The Associated Press and Mexican media organizations reported that he was arrested Thursday morning.

In an interview with KCAL News on Wednesday night, Beresford-Redman said he was aiding in the search for his wife. "I'm very hopeful someone will find my wife very soon. She still hasn't been located and we're looking," he told the station.

The woman’s family filed a missing-person report with the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, Det. Diane Harris told The Times.

“They believed it had something to do with foul play,” Harris said.

The investigation is being handled by Mexican authorities. Calls to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico were not immediately returned.

Before the arrest, Carla Burgos, Beresford-Redman's sister, told KCAL that her family could not understand why she went missing.

"We're really lost. It's like a really big mystery," Burgos told the station.

Monica Beresford-Redman is  the owner of Zabumba Bar & Restaurant on Venice Boulevard in Palms. The restaurant is known for serving Brazilian specialties like tri-tip steak and for hosting lively salsa, reggae and bossa nova nights. [For the record, 11:19 a.m.: A previous version of this story reported incorrectly that the restaurant was  in Venice.]

Her husband is a veteran TV producer who has been nominated for three Emmy Awards. Besides "Survivor," he worked on "Pimp My Ride" and "The Restaurant."

Media reports in Mexico said that Monica Beresford-Redman had been strangled.

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: Family handout