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TV producer whose wife was found dead in Cancun has returned to Los Angeles, lawyer says

May 23, 2010 |  1:34 pm
Survivor_producer "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, whom Mexican authorities had been seeking for the last couple of days with no success, has returned to Los Angeles, according to his lawyer. 

Mexican law enforcement officials had told the reality TV producer to remain in the country following the death of his wife, Monica, whose body was found last month in a sewer pipe near the Cancun hotel where the couple had been vacationing. Investigators said they had been looking for him for several days so they could ask him more questions regarding his wife's death.

On Sunday, Beresford-Redman's attorney, Richard Hirsch, issued a statement saying his client had returned to Los Angeles to be with his children and to attend to family and personal matters. Hirsch said Beresford-Redman was not obligated to stay in Mexico.

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

Francisco Alor, attorney general of the state of Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located, had said on Saturday that it would be a "very delicate and serious" matter for Beresford-Redman if he were to leave Mexico.

According to relatives, the couple had gone on vacation in Cancun in effort to repair their marriage, which had become strained.

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 in the email.

-- Ching-Ching Ni

Photo: Bruce and Monica Beresford-Redman. Credit: KTLA