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Family of TV producer's dead wife furious over his return to Los Angeles

May 25, 2010 |  8:34 am

The family of a Westside nightclub owner found dead last month at a Cancun resort are outraged that her husband returned to Los Angeles despite repeated orders from Mexican authorities that he remain in Mexico until their investigation was completed.

TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is considered a "person of interest" in the death of his wife, Monica, but has not been charged with any crime. He has denied any involvement in her death.

Mexican authorities said last week that they had been looking for Beresford-Redman for several days so they could ask him more questions regarding his wife's death, but could not find him. Beresford-Redman and his wife were on vacation in Cancun when her body was found in a sewer pipe near the couple's hotel.

On Sunday, Beresford-Redman's attorney, Richard Hirsch, released a statement saying his client had returned to Los Angeles to be with his children and to attend to family and personal matters.

"The Burgos family is in shock over Bruce Beresford-Redman's sudden return to the United States. It is our understanding that he was to remain in Mexico until the investigation into Monica's death was concluded," the family of Monica Beresford-Redman said in a statement. "As Mr. Beresford-Redman is certainly aware, the investigation remains ongoing with test results to be released early this week."

There has been some question about how Beresford-Redman was able to leave Mexico because authorities apparently confiscated his passport.

The family said in the statement: "It is further our understanding that his passport was not returned to him by Mexican authorities. Thus, we question how it was possible that he was permitted to enter into this country without a passport and it leads us to conclude that he could just as easily leave this country undetected. We plead with Mr. Beresford-Redman that if he intends to run again that he not involve the children."

Beresford-Redman's attorney also said in the statement released Sunday that his client was not obligated to stay in Mexico.

"He has no legal obligation to remain in Mexico pending an investigation into the tragic death of his wife, Monica," Hirsch wrote. "Mr. Beresford-Redman has not been charged with any crime, and has retained legal representation in both Mexico and the United States."

Hirsch said Beresford-Redman asked the public to respect the family's privacy during this time of "great grief and sorrow."

"He is devastated by the loss of his wife, best friend, and the mother of his children," Hirsch wrote.

-- Shelby Grad and Ching-Ching Ni

Photo: Bruce Beresford-Redman and his wife, Monica. Credit: KTLA