A former Marine and his girlfriend have been found dead in Belize. According to People, American Drew DeVoursney and his girlfriend, Canadian Francesca Matus, were found dead on May 1. Their bodies were found in a remote area near the village of Chan Chen under mysterious circumstances.
According to DeVoursney’s family and news reports, the couple was last seen leaving a bar on the night of April 25. Char DeVoursney, the mother of the victim, says they were found with their hands duct-taped but this detail has not been substantiated by other outlets.
There's many questions around the couple's disappearance, which could point to an abduction. According to 11 Alive, a friend came to 52-year-old Matus' home on April 26. He said her car was missing but her packed luggage, cash and the couple's passports were still there. Yet, he saw no sign of struggle.
Per People, 36-year-old Drew DeVoursney enlisted in the Marines after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He served two tours in Afghanistan and later returned for two years as a contractor. He moved to Belize in December and met Matus about two or three months ago. His mother said that Matus was going to return to Toronto and her son was planning to come back to Georgia to join a technical school.
Char says she has been in contact with the U.S. Embassy and they have given her only limited information as local authorities investigate the crime. “They wouldn’t tell us how they were murdered, but they said they were murdered."
A GoFundMe was created by the former Marine's best friend for the search.