Missing American man and his Canadian girlfriend found dead in cane field Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 May 2017 00:00

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Joseph Milholen, an American national, reported that he went to pick up his friend Francesca Matus, a 52-year-old Canadian National of Consejo Road, Corozal, to drop her off at the Phillip Goldson International Airport. According to Milholen, he could not find Matus even after attempting to call her several times. He also stated that he called her 36-year-old boyfried Drew Thomas De Voursey, an American national of Ranchito Village, Corozal, but did not receive a response. Milholen claimed that De Voursey’s motorcycle was parked on Matus’ driveway but that her white Isuzu Rodeo was missing. Milholen stated that the last time he saw the couple was on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at a bar and grill on 1st Avenue in Corozal Town.

The couple was later reported missing. The two were last seen at a Scotty’s Bar in Corozal Town on Tuesday night, April 25. Matus was last seen wearing a denim white short pants and a white long sleeved blouse with a pair of brown shoes. Matus, 5’ 5”, had shoulder length brown wavy hair with highlights. Drew was last seen wearing a blue and white shirt with markings of Toronto maple leaves on the front and a camouflage long pants, a pair of brown boots, and a black wrist watch. He had a chain tattooed on his right arm and was 6’ 6”.

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, the missing Isuzu Rodeo was found in a cane field in Paraiso Village, Corozal. They searched the immediate area but did not find the couple. It was not until a day later at around 4:45p.m. that they were called to another cane field on Monday, May 1 in the village of Chan Chen where they saw the man and woman that were reported missing dressed in the clothes that matched the description of what they were last seen in. The man was partly on top of the female and both bodies were in an advanced state of decomposition. Police observed that both persons had tape around their right wrists.

A postmortem examination was conducted on May 2 at the Northern Regional Hospital that certified their deaths was due to strangulation. The police are in collaboration with the US embassy and the Canadian consulate as investigations continue.