Author Topic: Francesca MATUS & Drew DE VOURSNEY - Murdered - April 25, 2017 - Belize  (Read 7967 times)

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cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/missing-woman-belize-suv-1.4093595

Belize police find SUV of missing Ontario woman Francesca Matus
Nearly a week after mysterious disappearance, vehicle is 1st sign of Matus and boyfriend Drew De Voursney
By Trevor Dunn, CBC News Posted: May 01, 2017 12:57 PM ET Last Updated: May 01, 2017 3:05 PM ET

Police in Belize have discovered the abandoned SUV of Francesca Matus, an Ontario woman who hasn't been seen since last Tuesday.
Police in Belize have discovered the abandoned SUV of Francesca Matus, an Ontario woman who hasn't been seen since last Tuesday. (Channel 7 Belize)

Ontario woman and boyfriend missing in Belize
The abandoned SUV of an Ontario woman missing in Belize has been found in a sugarcane field in the small Central American country, police confirmed Monday.

No trace of Ontario woman and boyfriend missing in Belize

It's the first sign of Francesca Matus and her boyfriend, U.S. citizen Drew De Voursney, since their mysterious disappearance last Tuesday night.

The vehicle, a white Izuzu Rodeo, was discovered on Sunday afternoon near the village of Paraiso, Cpl. Herman Roberts of the Corozal Police Department said in a telephone interview.

Roberts said officers and police dogs have returned to the area to search today.

Last seen leaving bar

Friends of Matus, 52, and De Voursney, 36, say the couple was last seen leaving a bar near Matus's home in the coastal city of Corozal, about 130 kilometres north of the capital, Belmopan.

Missing SUV 2
The Corozal Police Department confirmed that it found Francesca Matus's white Izuzu SUV on Sunday afternoon. (Channel 7 Belize)

Nancy Rifenbark, a close friend of Matus, said she's relieved police finally have a clue, but the abandoned SUV is also concerning.

"It's getting harder to keep positive, but I'm trying my best," Rifenbark said in an interview on Monday.


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https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/belize

Last updated: March 16, 2017 12:57 ET

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Belize - Exercise a high degree of caution

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Belize. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to a high rate of violent crime throughout the country.

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Crime

Criminal activity, including armed robbery, mugging and sexual assault, is a significant problem throughout Belize. Robberies and assaults have been reported in resort areas. There has been a noted increase in violent crime targeting tourists since the end of 2013. Criminals often operate in groups and target persons travelling alone. Always travel in groups and ensure that personal belongings and travel documents are secure at all times. Do not show signs of affluence. Use taxis after dark instead of walking.

Armed robberies occasionally occur near the western border with Guatemala, including near and around Caracol. You should only travel to these areas during daylight hours. Be cautious when visiting Mayan archaeological sites in that region, and do so only with a reputable tour guide. Only use official border crossings to enter Guatemala during the day.

Cases of sexual assault against female travellers have been reported. Always travel in groups and avoid isolated areas, including unsupervised beaches, especially at night. Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as they may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault.


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This has happened a lot in Belize. This case is even so very similar to a case the show criminal minds across borders ran. It could not get more eerie than this.
Not sure if flights are cheaper but the whole area is generally cheaper so people gravitate to enjoy cheaper beauty. It is totally lawless.


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Another day in Paradise?
They lived there for 4 years  and felt relatively safe and then.......


My heart goes out to her family, especially her sons!!

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« Last Edit: May 02, 2017, 11:13:00 AM by jellybean »

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Warnings are issued to those who travel to poor countries.

Do not wear jewellery, nor flash the cash.
Hard to do - when you live there year after year.
Even driving a decent dependable vehicle can put you in danger.
Dress in rags, and use horse and donkey?

Name one country with beautiful sandy beaches, palm trees and warm climate that is safe to travel to.

Come to think of it, name one country that is safe to travel to - ie without threats, other than our own - or perhaps the Arctic!! lol

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« Last Edit: May 02, 2017, 01:45:22 PM by jellybean »

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Long Gone - You might have a point there!!

http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/03/canadian-murdered-in-belize-had-been-threatened-cops

Canadian murdered in Belize had been threatened: Cops

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What about the man who was to pick her up and drive her to the airport?

Odd, that boyfriend would not offer to drive her to the airport - unless they were both leaving at the same time.

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They both were found with duct tape on their right wrists.  His remains were found on top of hers.  To me, it appears that they were taped together with one walking in front of the other, joined by their right wrists with duct tape.  They murdered her first, and then him.

Seems to me that the killers had combat and taking of prisoners experience -be they expats, or guerrillas. Police believe, at the moment, that it is within the foreign community.
I wonder who they have in custody?  Arguments over Real Estate, possibly.
Perhaps the cops can track them down via the couples cell phones - that is, if the killers use them.

How terrible.

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« Last Edit: May 03, 2017, 04:00:08 PM by jellybean »

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Was just about to post that article myself.  lol

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Deshaies is currently charged with theft and handling stolen goods. According to Channel 5 Belize, he is accused of stealing more than $57,000 worth of data servers with hard-drives, laptops, tablets, 14 gaming machines, external hard-drive, electronic chips, and adapters from a casino.


Does he mean his job is to steal? or did he mean something else?

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has one of the highest homicide rates in the world and depends on tourist dollars.

Possibly - trying to pin it on a non Belize.  If he is a thief, [and that could be cooked up too[, in any event a thief is not necessarily a murderer.  Why would the suspect steal a car battery, when he was into high tech, high paying stuff?
Sounds more like a local?



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« Last Edit: May 07, 2017, 12:32:34 PM by jellybean »

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Yes, I also think that the suspect was a repairman.  -- and the stolen battery was a chance opportunity for someone who saw the abandoned car.

The cell phones might have gone with the killers. Perhaps the captives had to give them over, early on during their abduction.

It is said that the couple carried a lot of money.  Perhaps the police had it right the first time, a robbery - but thought twice of it, due to tourism.

However, Matus by some account was receiving threats and was afraid.... so, who gave them?
It was over real estate, I believe.

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Belize is not going to want to admit they have many thugs running loose over there. Tourism means a lot to all of them and they will all downplay it. Same has happened in other tourist places. Best example of that is Aruba and the missing Natalee Holloway case. Aruba eventually turned against the mother and family. They did it to protect their big income.

The FBI are there and involved but I do wonder if they will share info with Canadian authorities. So far they have not, but they are in touch with Drew's family.

Tourists driving around in the country there late at night are always in jeopardy of being targeted.

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Belize is 3rd highest for crime rate in the world.

http://abc7chicago.com/news/dangers-in-paradise-what-tourists-arent-being-told/1189365/

It supposedly is generally healthier to listen to a robber's demands ...

https://www.osac.gov/pages/ContentReportDetails.aspx?cid=21487

No, thanks. Even if I won a free trip with expenses paid, I would not subject myself to that. One would be in constant fright about when the ax will fall on them. Many go and come back unharmed, but it's just too risky.
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The hottest tourist places are those with the highest crime rates in and around Belize. And yes, there is a problem with tourists letting their guard down. Especially after they get drinking.

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My thought with regard to "job-related" theft - maybe this guy's job was to repossess equipment that wasn't paid for by the casino?
Probably something else that Belize Officials wouldn't want to be public knowledge.