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Body of missing Ontario woman found in Belize

NICOLE THOMPSON, THE CANADIAN PRESS AND NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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Photo of Francesca Matus, the Ontario woman missing in Belize ( Francesca Matus / Facebook)

The search for a missing Ontario woman and her American boyfriend in Belize has come to a tragic end. Their bodies have been found in the Corozal District where they lived, local media said on Monday.

Francesca Matus, 52, and Drew De Voursney, 36, were reported missing last Wednesday. Friends said the police in Belize put out a national bulletin in response to their disappearance and were searching for them along with a group of expats since Friday.

Joe Milholen said he was supposed to take Matus to the airport Wednesday morning to fly back to Canada. But, he said, when he arrived at her house, her car was gone and the house was locked up.

“When I went inside, her bags were by her bed, packed and ready to go,” said Milholen, who is an American also living in Belize. “She left her passport and her travelling money.”

He added that her companion De Voursney also left his passport in his home. His motorcycle – his only form of transportation – was parked at Matus’s house.

“So whatever happened, they don’t have their things to travel,” Milholen said at the time.

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.

He said Matus has homes in Belize and the Greater Toronto area, and lived in the Central American country five or six months a year.

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 lived, is very safe.

Details regarding how the couple died and circumstances surrounding the incident are not available at this time.

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