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Mexican authorities can't find ex-'Survivor' producer

May 22, 2010 |  3:54 pm

Mexican authorities have been looking for former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman for several days with no success.

Beresford-Redman had been ordered to stay in Mexico to answer questions about the death of his wife, Monica, who was found last month in a sewer pipe near the Cancun hotel where the couple had been vacationing.

Mexican authorities detained Beresford-Redman for questioning. They did not charge him, but confiscated his passport and forbade him from leaving Mexico while the case was being investigated.

Francisco Alor, attorney general of the state of Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located, said Saturday that investigators have been trying to locate him since last week so he might “sign some paperwork and answer a few additional questions.”

Quintana Roo investigators have asked U.S. Embassy officials to attempt to locate Beresford-Roman, to no avail, he said.

Embassy officials “have correctly said they can’t make him appear,” Alor said. But they also have been unable to locate Beresford-Redman, he said.

Investigators also have asked the U.S. consulate in Merida for help in locating the producer, but have not yet received a response.

Alor said it would be “premature” to say Beresford-Redman has disappeared.

He said that Beresford-Roman can be anywhere in Mexico but cannot leave the country. To do so “would be very delicate and serious for Mr. Bruce,” Alor said.

The couple had gone to Cancun hoping to repair a marriage that had been under stress since Monica Beresford-Redman had discovered her husband had an affair, relatives said at the time.

Monica Beresford-Redman, a native of Brazil and an active member of the Los Angeles’ Brazilian community, owned the Brazilian restaurant Zabumba on Venice Boulevard.

Bruce Beresford-Redman has been a producer for reality TV shows including “Survivor” and “Pimp My Ride.”

-- Sam Quinones