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Mexico releases producer

AP , CANCUN, MEXICO

The producer of Pimp My Ride and formerly of Survivor is barred from leaving Mexico while authorities investigate the death of his wife, whose body was found in the sewer of a Cancun resort, a state official said on Friday.

Bruce Beresford-Redman was released from custody early on Friday because investigators don’t have enough evidence to hold him, said Francisco Alor, the attorney-general in Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located. The 38-year-old producer was handed to US consulate officials and taken to an undisclosed hotel.

However, Alor said Beresford-Redman remains a suspect.

“He can’t leave the country,” the state attorney-general said. “We still can’t say that he is responsible, but that’s the starting point of the investigation because we have witnesses who say he was the last to see her alive.”

The producer insisted to police that he last saw his wife, Monica Beresford-Redman, on Monday morning, when he says she left the exclusive Moon Palace resort to go shopping and never returned, Alor said. However, witnesses said they saw the couple arguing on Monday evening, he said.

Police detained the producer on Thursday after finding his wife’s body in a sewer at the Moon Palace resort, where the family was on vacation.

Her body had scratches on the neck, signs of asphyxiation and evidence of a heavy blow to the right temple, Alor said.

Investigators believe she was suffocated on Monday night before being dumped in the sewer about 80m from her hotel room, he said.

The hotel’s electronic lock system showed the couple’s room was opened and closed at least 11 times that night, he said.

The producer’s parents expressed confidence in their son’s innocence and urged Mexican police “to identify those responsible for his horrendous crime.” They were granted temporary custody of their grandchildren, ages 5 and 3, in Los Angeles on Friday, said a source familiar with the case but not authorized to speak publicly.

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