Two people in Belize have been taken into custody after the grisly killing of an American ex-Marine and his Canadian girlfriend, according to the veteran’s mother.
Georgia native Drew DeVoursney, 36, and 52-year-old Francesca Matus were discovered Monday in a sugarcane field outside of Corozal, where they were last seen at a bar a week ago.
Police in the Central American country said the victims were strangled, adding that they were tied with duct tape.
DeVoursney’s grieving mother told WSBTV Wednesday she was told at 2:30 p.m. that two people have been detained in relation to the killing.
It was not immediately clear who the two people are.
Police told local Belize reporters that investigators are looking into threats made against Matus before her death.
Friends and relatives of the pair, who had only been dating for a few months, have searched for answers since Matus disappeared shortly before being scheduled to get on a flight back to Toronto.
DeVoursney was also planning to soon return to the U.S. before his death.
A friend in Belize said he discovered both of their passports last week in Matus’ house, where baggage had already been packed.
The pair was last seen at Scotty’s Bar and Grill in Corozal, though they were found outside of town near the village of Chan Chen.
Brandon Barfield, a friend of DeVoursney who said on a GoFundMe that he had traveled down to Belize with the slain man’s brother, said the FBI will also investigate.
He added that the family is raising money to hire a private investigator, and his page had raised more than $ 8,000 as of Wednesday evening.