BELIZE (NEWS 1130) – Local police have confirmed a Canadian woman and her American boyfriend who have been missing in Belize were found dead this afternoon, ABC News and local media are reporting.
Autopsies have not yet been performed and police have not released any information on what they believe happened.
Francesca Matus, 52, and Drew DeVoursney, 36, were reported missing by their friend Joseph Milholen, who went to the home of Matus in the Corozal District of Belize on Friday to take her to the airport, from which she was scheduled to fly home to Toronto.
Milholen told police in Belize that he could not find Matus at her home and that DeVoursney’s motorcycle was parked in her driveway, although Matus’ car was gone.
Milholen told local authorities that the last time he saw the pair was on Thursday at a bar in Corozal Town, Belize.
Matus checked in to her flight online Tuesday night, shortly before she was last seen leaving a bar, he said. But the airline reportedly confirmed that Matus never showed up.
A group of expats had been searching along small roads, trails and in the bush of the town in Belize where the couple were reported missing.
While Travel Canada suggests people “exercise a high degree of caution” throughout Belize due to high rates of violent crime, Milholen said the area of Corozal, where Matus lives five or six months of the year, is very safe.