EXCLUSIVE: Mexican Officials Are "80 Percent" Sure They Have The Right Suspect In "Survivor" Case

Apr. 20 2010, Published 2:35 p.m. ET

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In a statement that will strike many people as odd, Mexican officials say they are 80 percent sure they have their man in connection with the murder of Monica Beresford-Redman, wife of Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, has learned exclusively.

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Francisco Alor Quesada, Attorney General of the state of Quintana Roo (where Cancun is located), says that DNA results are due any minute now and he expects an arrest to be made by next week.

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Alor says because Monica’s body was found in sewages waters, “several tests were lost; the body was badly decomposed.” But authorities were able to get a good enough DNA sample – and those tests are expected soon.

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Family members say that Bruce and Monica were having marital problems and were hoping that this Mexican getaway would rekindle their romance. 

The attorney general is handling the death as a homicide with intent, not manslaughter. He says it’s homicide because of  “the viciousness (of the crime) and hiding the body.”  Alor also says since the crime was committed in Mexico, the trial should take place there. According to Alor, homicide carries a 30 year prison sentence.

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Meanwhile Monica's family are eager to facilitate the return of Monica's remains to the United States so they can perform a burial. The family's attorney, Alison Triessl, "It is the desire of the Burgos' family that Monica Burgos' body be  returned to them as soon as possible so that they may provide for her proper burial."

The Mexican attorney general tells that the FBI have also requested the return of the body to the US.

As her spouse, Bruce has legal authority to decide what happens to his deceased wife's remains, but as of yet has made no requests.



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