Police in Belize have detained two people in connection with the murder of an Atlanta man and his Canadian girlfriend, according to one of the the victim’s mothers.
Drew DeVoursney's mother told WSB-TV in Atlanta that she received an email telling her about the new developments on Wednesday. According to the report, the mother said the news is a positive step. However, she said it remains unclear why her son was murdered.
Authorities found 36-year-old Drew DeVoursney and 52-year-old Francseca Matus strangled to death in a sugarcane field on Monday. The couple was last seen together leaving a restaurant on April 25. Their bodies were discovered outside the village of Chan Chen. DeVoursney was a former Marine. The pair was found with their wrists duct taped and authorities claimed that both were in an “advanced state of decomposition.”
According to WSB-TV, Devoursney's younger brother David is in Belize now. He wants to stay as close to the investigation as possible.
The State Department released the following statement: “We can confirm the death of U.S. citizen Drew DeVoursney in the Corozal District of Belize on May 1, 2017. We extend our deepest condolences to family and friends. We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death. The U.S. Embassy in Belmopan stands ready to provide all possible consular assistance. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have no further information to share.”