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Person of interest questioned in murder of Georgia Marine in Belize

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Person of interest questioned in murder of Georgia Marine in Belize

- Corozal, Belize — The investigation into the killings of a Marine veteran from Georgia and his girlfriend entered its second week here Monday as police continued to question a Canadian national they have identified as a person of interest. John Jeffrey Deshaies, 54, appeared briefly in the lobby of the bright yellow and green Corozal police station on Monday, calmly answering a police officer’s questions and filling out some paperwork
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Canadian embroiled in Belize murder investigation says Ontario woman was 'very good friend'

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Canadian embroiled in Belize murder investigation says Ontario woman was 'very good friend'

- A Canadian detained in Belize earlier this week in connection with the death of an Ontario woman and her American boyfriend has been charged with robbery, police in the Central American country say. Const. Ricardo Cal told CBC Toronto on Friday the man remains a person of interest in what police have deemed a murder investigation, but had been transferred from custody of police in Corozal to the coastal resort town of Placencia, 297 kilometres away
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Canadian embroiled in Belize murder investigation charged with robbery

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Canadian embroiled in Belize murder investigation charged with robbery

- A Canadian detained in Belize earlier this week in connection with the death of an Ontario woman and her American boyfriend has been charged with robbery, police in the Central American country say. Const. Ricardo Cal told CBC Toronto on Friday the man remains a person of interest in what police have deemed a murder investigation, but had been transferred from custody of police in Corozal to the coastal resort town of Placencia, 297 kilometres away
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Mystery surrounds death of Atlanta Marine, girlfriend in Belize

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Mystery surrounds death of Atlanta Marine, girlfriend in Belize

- Corozal, Belize — It was the foul stench — an insistent and unforgettable odor — that grabbed Demetrio Yam’s attention. A diminutive farmer with weather-beaten skin, Yam was toiling in his fields here in northern Belize Monday morning when he first picked up on the scent. Following his nose down a remote dirt road and then through a dense maze of sugar cane, he found a path to a clearing on his property
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Mother of Atlanta man killed in Belize: Two people of interest questioned

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Mother of Atlanta man killed in Belize: Two people of interest questioned

- Belize police have detained a suspect in the killings of an Atlanta man and his Canadian girlfriend and have confirmed threats had been made against the woman, a Belize City television station is reporting. Dennis Arnold, commanding officer in the City of Corozal near the Mexican border, declined to say whether the suspect in the deaths of Drew DeVoursney, 36, a U
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Mother of American man killed in Belize: 'All I know is not enough'

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Mother of American man killed in Belize: 'All I know is not enough'

- The mother of the American veteran who was found dead in Belize from an apparent strangulation spoke out in an interview with "Good Morning America" today, describing her shock as well as her desperate search for more information about what happened to her son, whose body was found Monday in the small Latin American nation. "If I'm not talking about it, I'm thinking about him, every minute I'm thinking about him," Char DeVoursney said of her son Drew DeVoursney
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Couple with Atlanta ties found dead after disappearing in Belize

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Couple with Atlanta ties found dead after disappearing in Belize

- A couple with Atlanta ties died after going missing in Belize, media there reported. The bodies of Francesca Matus, a Canadian woman, and her boyfriend, Drew De Voursney were found in a sugarcane field in Corozal on May 1, police in the town said. Officials in Belize are set to perform an autopsy Tuesday. According to , Matus' vehicle was also found in a sugarcane field in a nearby town
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Missing American-Canadian couple found dead and duct-taped in Belize days after vanishing

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Missing American-Canadian couple found dead and duct-taped in Belize days after vanishing

- Drew DeVoursney had it all planned out. A 36-year-old Marine Corps veteran, DeVoursney moved to Belize in December but would be flying to Georgia in May. His girlfriend, Francesca Matus, was scheduled to leave Belize as well and return to her native Toronto, while DeVoursney would head to Atlanta, where he’d been accepted to a local technical school to learn how to operate heavy equipment
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Missing couple found dead in Belize

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Missing couple found dead in Belize

- A U.S. man and his Canadian girlfriend, who had been missing in the Central American nation of Belize, were found dead Monday afternoon, according to police, ABC News reported. Autopsies are set to be performed today on Drew DeVoursney, 36, of Atlanta, and girlfriend Francesca Matus, 52, of Toronto. Police have yet to release any information on what they believe may have happened, but here's what we do know about their disappearance and death: The couple had been reported missing by a friend
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What we know about the missing US man and his girlfriend found dead in Belize

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What we know about the missing US man and his girlfriend found dead in Belize

- A U.S. man and his Canadian girlfriend, who had been missing in the Central American nation of Belize, were found dead Monday afternoon, according to police. Autopsies are set to be performed today on Drew DeVoursney, 36, of Atlanta, and girlfriend Francesca Matus, 52, of Toronto. Police have yet to release any information on what they believe may have happened, but here's what we do know about their disappearance and death: The couple had been reported missing by a friend Joseph Milholen, a friend of the couple, ventured to Matus' home in the Corozal District of Belize Friday to take her to the airport, he told police
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Atlanta couple missing in Belize found dead, report says

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Atlanta couple missing in Belize found dead, report says

- Drew DeVoursney, 36, a Marine veteran, was last seen late Tuesday night as he left Scotty’s Bar and Grill in Corozal, Belize, with his girlfriend, Francesca Matus, 52. They apparently never made it home and they’ve not been heard from since. The white 1998 Isuzu Rodeo that belonged to Matus was found Sunday in a remote sugar cane field about 10 or so miles from the bar, according to DeVoursney’s brother, David
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Atlanta family searches for relative missing in Belize

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Atlanta family searches for relative missing in Belize

- An Atlanta family is searching for a loved one who disappeared in the Central American country of Belize nearly a week ago after leaving a bar with his girlfriend, who also is missing. Drew DeVoursney, 36, a Marine veteran, was last seen late Tuesday night as he left Scotty’s Bar and Grill in Corozal, Belize, with his girlfriend, Francesca Matus, 52
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Toronto woman, U.S. boyfriend missing in Belize: Reports

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Toronto woman, U.S. boyfriend missing in Belize: Reports

- A Canadian woman and her American boyfriend have gone missing in Belize, according to media reports. Francesca Matus, 52, and her boyfriend Drew De Voursney, 36, were reportedly at a bar in Corozal Town, Belize, on Tuesday night to say goodbye to friends before she flew to Canada the next day. Corozal resident Nancy Rifenbark told Global News the two left Scotty’s Bar and Grill around 11 p
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Belize: An easy tropical getaway from Wichita | The Wichita Eagle

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Belize: An easy tropical getaway from Wichita | The Wichita Eagle

- Our flight left Wichita Eisenhower National Airport at 6 a.m., and at 2 p.m., we were climbing into a small boat, joining two other couples for an afternoon of snorkeling in the Caribbean Sea. There are few tropical destinations as convenient to reach from Wichita as Belize, which is why the Central American country is one of the few places we’ve visited more than once
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Belize: le paradis des Coppola

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Belize: le paradis des Coppola

- On ne parle jamais de lui. D’ailleurs, personne ne sait où se situe le Belize. Demandez autour de vous : la plupart le placent en Amérique du Sud, d’autres en Océanie, certains le voient même en Asie. Or, cette petite bande de terre d’Amérique centrale, longue de 380 kilomètres, enclavée entre le Mexique, le Guatemala et le Honduras, est un éden fabuleux. D’un côté, la mer des Caraïbes. De l’autre, une forêt
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1 year later, murder of ABC7 producer in Belize still unsolved

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1 year later, murder of ABC7 producer in Belize still unsolved

- Monday, January 16, 2017 10:48PM A year after ABC7 executive producer Anne Swaney was murdered while on vacation in Belize, the case remains unsolved. Swaney's family and friends have had a year of anguish because the 39-year-old was gone, but also because her murderer has not been caught. Police in the Central American nation of Belize are in charge of the investigation, but there has been no apparent progress in
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Belize introduces legislation to decriminalise marijuana
Belize introduces legislation to decriminalise marijuana BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The Belize government has introduced legislation aimed at decriminalising the possession of cannabis or marijuana in amounts not exceeding ten grams or less than half an ounce. But the move has been criticised by the National Evangelical Association of Belize (NEAB) citing scientific studies and reports showing the dangers of marijuana use in younger persons and that similar experiments to decriminalise the drug in at least one United States city has failed   Read More ...
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Alberta woman who allegedly kidnapped son and ran off to Central America arrested in Belize
Alberta woman who allegedly kidnapped son and ran off to Central America arrested in Belize Police have arrested a Lethbridge woman accused of abducting her young son back in 2014 and taking him to Central America, where she has been on the run ever since.Investigators allege the 11-month-old was abducted in January 2014 by his mother Robin Greenway-Trockstad after she failed to drop him off for a court-ordered visit.The boy’s father contacted police after Greenway-Trockstad allegedly sent him a text message saying she had left the country with their child and didn’t plan to return   Read More ...
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Voter re-registration in Belize | Caribbean News Now
Dear Sir: For several months, the Belize Progressive Party. (BPP) has made the principled call for the much-needed voter re-registration to commence, with the most recent being made on 6th July 2017, via press release. The government of Belize continues to abuse its powers to not only breach the law but essentially to perpetuate institutionalised PUDP corruption, which eats away at the very core of our governance   Read More ...
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Tropical Storm Franklin brings heavy rain to Belize and Mexico | Caribbean News Now
Tropical weather outlook. NHC graphic By Caribbean News Now contributor MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Franklin moved across the Yucatan Peninsula on Tuesday bringing heavy rain to northern Belize and area of Mexico. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, maximum sustained winds were near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. A strengthening trend is likely to begin when the centre moves over water, and Franklin could be near hurricane intensity at landfall in the southwest Gulf coast of Mexico   Read More ...
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Public and private sectors discuss ways to ensure sustainable development in Belize | Caribbean News Now
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Top executives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) visited Belize last week to discuss with key government officials and representatives of the private sector ways of deepening their partnership and cooperation to ensure the country’s sustainable development. IDB executive vice president Julie Katzman, accompanied by IDB country representative Cassandra Rogers and Annette Killmer, a key advisor in the bank’s climate change and sustainable development sector, met with Prime Minister Dean Barrow and members of the Cabinet during a three-day visit July 24-26   Read More ...
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WestJet announces Calgary service to Belize | Caribbean News Now
CALGARY, Canada -- WestJet has announced new non-stop weekly service between Calgary and Belize, effective November 3, 2017. The service is part of the airline's seasonal schedule for the winter of 2017-18, which includes more flights from Calgary. "WestJet will increase service from Calgary by 52 weekly flights this winter," said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-president, network planning, alliances and corporate development   Read More ...
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Caribbean trails global trend in automation
Caribbean trails global trend in automation Stephen Lee, Program Director, Caribbean Network Operators Group, speaks at the Belize National Cybersecurity Forum, held in Belize City, Belize on April 27, 2017. Photo: Caribbean Network Operators Group By Gerard Best PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- A technology trend known as automation could be a game-changer for developing regions, but the Caribbean is trailing global adoption. Across the industry, the automation of network configuration and network management is already bringing tangible benefits, such as lower operating costs and centralised security   Read More ...
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My Depressing Summers in Belize
My Depressing Summers in Belize When summer arrives, my friends and family inevitably roll their eyes when I tell them I’m packing for my fieldwork in the Caribbean. They picture a book and a white-sand beach. I do get a tan. But it’s no vacation. I study ocean ecosystems. The work is chronically underfunded, so food and housing is basic or worse. When we’re in Belize monitoring the health of coral reefs, about half the nights we sleep under the stars on a dock   Read More ...
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Court orders Destra to pay US$8,000 after rupture of man's bladder
BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — A court in Belize has ordered soca artiste Destra Garcia to pay just over US$8,000 after the court found that she personally injured a man – Fernando Oliva — while gyrating on him at a concert September 2015. Oliva filed a civil claim against Destra, claiming that she jumped on him, and ruptured his bladder as she performed at 'The Carnival Overload' concert   Read More ...
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Man's bladder ruptures during dance with Destra
Man's bladder ruptures during dance with Destra BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — Soca artiste Destra Garcia has been ordered to pay just over US$8,000 after a court in Belize found that she personally injured a man — Fernando Oliva — while gyrating on him at a concert in September 2015. Oliva filed a civil claim against Destra, claiming that she jumped on him, and ruptured his bladder as she performed at 'The Carnival Overload' concert   Read More ...
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No answers in Belize murders
No answers in Belize murders Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend vanished into the night one month ago. Less than one week later their bodies were discovered in a Belize sugar cane field near Matus’s seaside villa in Corozal. An autopsy revealed Matus, 52, of Keswick and a mother of two, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, a former U.S. Marine from Atlanta had been strangled to death   Read More ...
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The focus is on climate change
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Ontario man detained in connection with Belize killings
Ontario man detained in connection with Belize killings A man from Barrie, Ont. has been detained in connection with the deaths of a Keswick, Ont. woman and her American boyfriend in Belize earlier this month. John Deshaies, 54, has been questioned by local police and named a “person of interest” in the suspected murders of Francesca Matus, 52, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, in Corozal, Belize. Matus and DeVoursney’s bodies were found bound in a sugar cane field on May 1, six days after they were last seen leaving a local bar   Read More ...
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Belize double slay suspect out on bail
Belize double slay suspect out on bail The Canadian man described by cops as a person of interest in the grisly double slaying of Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend in Belize was released on bail Friday. John Deshaies, 54, who lived on the lower level of Matus’ seaside villa, was taken into custody after the 52-year-old Keswick woman and her beau — Drew Thomas DeVoursney, 36 — were found strangled to death and dumped in a sugarcane field almost three weeks ago   Read More ...
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Belize double slay suspect out on bail
Belize double slay suspect out on bail The Canadian man described by cops as a person of interest in the grisly double slaying of Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend in Belize was released on bail Friday. John Deshaies, 54, who lived on the lower level of Matus’ seaside villa, was taken into custody after the 52-year-old Keswick woman and her beau — Drew Thomas DeVoursney, 36 — were found strangled to death and dumped in a sugarcane field almost three weeks ago   Read More ...
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Singapore and Belize sign open-skies pact
Singapore has signed an open- skies agreement with Belize in Central America. It allows their airlines to fly between both countries and to any third country, said the Transport Ministry in a statement yesterday. Under the agreement, there will be no restrictions on capacity, frequency, aircraft type and routing schedules. Cargo carriers can also base their aircraft in each other's country and use it as a hub for operations to any third country   Read More ...
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Funeral held for Ontario woman killed in Belize along with American boyfriend
Funeral held for Ontario woman killed in Belize along with American boyfriend RICHMOND HILL, Ont. – A funeral was held Thursday in Richmond Hill, Ont., for a Canadian woman who was killed in Belize.Fifty-two-year-old Francesca Matus — a mother of twin sons — and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, were found strangled in a field on May 1 after Matus failed to show up for a flight returning to Canada.The Canadian government confirmed last week that a Canadian citizen had been detained as a person of interest in connection with the deaths   Read More ...
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Canadian found slain in Belize remembered as 'free spirit'
Canadian found slain in Belize remembered as 'free spirit' RICHMOND HILL - Francesca Matus had a big heart, radiant smile and a zest for life. That’s what those who knew and loved the 52-year-old focused on while celebrating her life at Marshall Funeral Home on Thursday. But simmering just beneath the surface was the darkness that befell the mother of two — found slain with her American boyfriend in Belize last week — and the unanswered questions about her untimely death   Read More ...
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Canadian found slain in Belize remembered as 'free spirit'
Canadian found slain in Belize remembered as 'free spirit' RICHMOND HILL - Francesca Matus had a big heart, radiant smile and a zest for life. That’s what those who knew and loved the 52-year-old focused on while celebrating her life at Marshall Funeral Home on Thursday. But simmering just beneath the surface was the darkness that befell the mother of two — found slain with her American boyfriend in Belize last week — and the unanswered questions about her untimely death   Read More ...
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Person of interest questioned in murder of Georgia Marine in Belize
Person of interest questioned in murder of Georgia Marine in Belize Corozal, Belize — The investigation into the killings of a Marine veteran from Georgia and his girlfriend entered its second week here Monday as police continued to question a Canadian national they have identified as a person of interest. John Jeffrey Deshaies, 54, appeared briefly in the lobby of the bright yellow and green Corozal police station on Monday, calmly answering a police officer’s questions and filling out some paperwork   Read More ...
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Report: Person of interest detained after U.S.-Canadian couple strangled in Belize
Report: Person of interest detained after U.S.-Canadian couple strangled in Belize COROZAL, Belize -- A Canadian man is being detained as a person of interest in the killing of an ex-Marine from Atlanta and his Canadian girlfriend in Belize, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The bodies of 52-year-old Francesca Matus of Ontario and 36-year-old Drew DeVoursney of Georgia were reportedly The couple had been staying together in Corozal near the country's northern border with Mexico   Read More ...
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Suspect in killing of Marine vet, girlfriend in Belize was friend of victim
Authorities in Belize have named 54-year-old John Deshaies of Canada as the prime suspect in the death of a U.S. Marine veteran from Atlanta and his Canadian girlfriend. Drew DeVoursney, 36, and his girlfriend, Francesca Matus, 52, were last seen leaving Scotty's Bar and Grill in Corozal in the Central American country on the night of April 25, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution   Read More ...
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Community mourns Canadian woman killed in Belize
Community mourns Canadian woman killed in Belize Neighbours gathered on Saturday outside the Ontario home of a woman killed in Belize, to pay their respects to a person they said would "do anything for everyone." Many laid flowers in front of a makeshift memorial to Francesca Matus, 52, at the home where she lived part-time in Keswick, Ont. Matus's remains are expected to be flown back to Canada in the next few days   Read More ...
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FBI investigating deaths of Toronto woman and her American boyfriend in Belize
FBI investigating deaths of Toronto woman and her American boyfriend in Belize The FBI is in Belize investigating the deaths of a Canadian-American couple found dead last week. It’s a development that is “very much” bringing great comfort to the mother of one of the victims. “I just think that (the FBI) can do more than what the (local) police are doing,” said Char DeVoursney in a telephone interview from her home in Atlanta   Read More ...
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Canadian embroiled in Belize murder investigation says Ontario woman was 'very good friend'
Canadian embroiled in Belize murder investigation says Ontario woman was 'very good friend' A Canadian detained in Belize earlier this week in connection with the death of an Ontario woman and her American boyfriend has been charged with robbery, police in the Central American country say. Const. Ricardo Cal told CBC Toronto on Friday the man remains a person of interest in what police have deemed a murder investigation, but had been transferred from custody of police in Corozal to the coastal resort town of Placencia, 297 kilometres away   Read More ...
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Murder in Belize: Canadian held as person of interest 
Murder in Belize: Canadian held as person of interest  Corozal, Belize A Canadian man is being detained in connection with the killing of an ex-Marine from Atlanta and his girlfriend in Belize. Authorities called John Deshaies a “person of interest” in the killings. He has been charged with stealing from a local casino in an unrelated case, police said, and sent to prison south of Belize City. Drew DeVoursney, 36, and Francesca Matus, 52, were found dead on May 1 in a sugar cane field   Read More ...
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Canadian embroiled in Belize murder investigation charged with robbery
Canadian embroiled in Belize murder investigation charged with robbery A Canadian detained in Belize earlier this week in connection with the death of an Ontario woman and her American boyfriend has been charged with robbery, police in the Central American country say. Const. Ricardo Cal told CBC Toronto on Friday the man remains a person of interest in what police have deemed a murder investigation, but had been transferred from custody of police in Corozal to the coastal resort town of Placencia, 297 kilometres away   Read More ...
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Mystery surrounds death of Atlanta Marine, girlfriend in Belize
Mystery surrounds death of Atlanta Marine, girlfriend in Belize Corozal, Belize — It was the foul stench — an insistent and unforgettable odor — that grabbed Demetrio Yam’s attention. A diminutive farmer with weather-beaten skin, Yam was toiling in his fields here in northern Belize Monday morning when he first picked up on the scent. Following his nose down a remote dirt road and then through a dense maze of sugar cane, he found a path to a clearing on his property   Read More ...
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UAE signs open skies agreement with Belize
UAE signs open skies agreement with Belize Dubai The UAE, represented by the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), signed an open skies agreement with the Government of Belize. Director-General of the GCAA, Saif Mohammad Al Suwaidi, representing the UAE, and Jose Manuel Heredia Jr, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation of Belize, signed the agreement. The agreement enables the designated carriers of both parties to operate with full flexibility on routes, capacity, frequency and types of aircraft, whether owned or leased, in any type of service and it also includes the exercise of fifth freedom traffic rights   Read More ...
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Belize cyber security symposium raises awareness of region-wide problem | Caribbean News Now
Sean Fouché, Information and Communications Technology Manager at CARICOM IMPACS, speaks at Belize's first-ever national cybersecurity symposium, held in Belize City from April 24 to 28, 2017. Photo: Caribbean Network Operators Group By Gerard Best BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Large, well-funded and highly organized crime syndicates are behind many of the cybercrimes taking place in the Caribbean. And regional governments and security agencies are challenged to respond   Read More ...
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Canadian Mom Killed in Belize Was Not Threatened, Friend Says: ‘She Loved it There’
Canadian Mom Killed in Belize Was Not Threatened, Friend Says: ‘She Loved it There’ Those who knew Francesca Matus agree: She had a light and energy — and a smile — that buoyed those around her. But now she’s gone. Matus, a 52-year-old native of Ontario, Canadian, and her 36-year-old American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, were found dead on Monday in northern Belize, where they lived. DeVoursney, a Marine Corps veteran, and Matus vanished late one night last week after leaving a bar in Belize’s Corozal District   Read More ...
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Ontario man reportedly to be charged in Belize slayings
Ontario man reportedly to be charged in Belize slayings Previous Next An Ontario man is now reportedly the prime suspect in the double murder of fellow Canadian Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend in Belize. According to Channel5Belize.com, John Deshaies, 54, initially helped with the search for Matus, 52, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, after they vanished on April 25. Sources in the country said Deshaies — who appears to work in construction and has been living in the country for three years — rented the lower half of Matus’s sprawling beachside mansion   Read More ...
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Ontario man reportedly to be charged in Belize slayings
Ontario man reportedly to be charged in Belize slayings Previous Next An Ontario man is now reportedly the prime suspect in the double murder of fellow Canadian Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend in Belize. According to Channel5Belize.com, John Deshaies, 54, initially helped with the search for Matus, 52, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, after they vanished on April 25. Sources in the country said Deshaies — who appears to work in construction and has been living in the country for three years — rented the lower half of Matus’s sprawling beachside mansion   Read More ...
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Canadian citizen in custody in Belize
Canadian citizen in custody in Belize Canada has confirmed a Canadian citizen is in police custody in Belize. Global Affairs Canada officials did not say whether that arrest was related to the deaths of a Canadian woman and her American boyfriend. The bodies of Francesca Matus, 52, and former marine Drew DeVoursney, 36, were recovered on Monday. They had been missing since 25 April. Austin Jean, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, said on Thursday that consular officials are assisting the family of the detained Canadian and in contact with local authorities to gather additional information   Read More ...
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Canadian in custody in Belize as police investigate woman's death
The Canadian government says a citizen is in police custody in Belize in connection with the deaths of a Toronto woman and her American boyfriend. A spokesman with Global Affairs Canada said Thursday afternoon that consular officials are assisting the family of the detained Canadian and are in contact with local authorities. Police in Belize have said 52-year-old Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney, died of strangulation   Read More ...
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2 questioned in death of Canadian woman and American boyfriend in Belize released
2 questioned in death of Canadian woman and American boyfriend in Belize released Two people who were questioned by Belize police in the deaths of a Canadian woman and her American boyfriend have been released.The mother of the American man says the U.S. embassy in Belize told her both people being questioned were released and no one is currently in custody.Char DeVoursney also says the Federal Bureau of Investigation is in the country helping with the homicide investigation into the deaths of her son, Drew DeVoursney, and his Canadian girlfriend, Francesca Matus   Read More ...
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Two questioned in death of Canadian woman in Belize released
Two people who were questioned by Belize police in the deaths of a Canadian woman and her American boyfriend have been released. The mother of the American man says the U.S. embassy in Belize told her both people being questioned were released and no one is currently in custody. Char DeVoursney also says the Federal Bureau of Investigation is in the country helping with the homicide investigation into the deaths of her son, Drew DeVoursney, and his Canadian girlfriend, Francesca Matus   Read More ...
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Canadian man detained in Belize double killing
Canadian man detained in Belize double killing A Canadian man has been detained in connection with the killings of an Ontario mother and her American boyfriend in Belize, police in the Central American country say. The bodies of Francesca Matus, 52, and her American boyfriend Drew De Voursney, 36, were found on Monday in a sugarcane field outside of the town of Corozal, where the couple lived. Two police officers who asked not to be identified, as they are not authorized to comment on the investigation, told CBC Toronto that a Canadian man is being questioned about the the double homicide   Read More ...
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Canadian woman, American boyfriend found dead in Belize were strangled: police
Francesca Matus, 52, was last seen leaving a local bar in Corozal, Belize on April 25, 2017. (Francesca Matus / Facebook) Police in Belize were questioning "a few people" Wednesday in connection with the strangulation deaths of a Canadian woman and her American boyfriend but no arrests have been made yet. The bodies of Francesca Matus, 52, of Toronto, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, from Georgia, were found Monday afternoon in a sugar cane field in the country's Corozal district   Read More ...
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Canadian woman and U.S. companion killed in Belize died of strangulation
Canadian woman and U.S. companion killed in Belize died of strangulation BELMOPAN, Belize -- Police in Belize say a U.S. man and Canadian woman found dead this week had been strangled. A police statement says the bodies of 52-year-old Francesca Matus of Toronto and 36-year-old Drew DeVoursney of Georgia were found Monday in a sugarcane field near Chan Chen. DeVoursney's body was atop Matus' and both were in an advanced state of decomposition   Read More ...
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