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Ex-'Survivor' producer is 'person of interest' in wife's death

Monica’s sister Carla Burgos told Los Angeles Times that she last spoke to her sister Sunday night and she sounded normal.

Bruce Beresford-Redman, former producer of the "Survivor" television series, has been released from police custody after being detained in Cancun, Mexico, as a suspect in his wife's death, according to multiple tabloid reports citing a Mexican official.

Bruce was detained Thursday (April 8) by authorities in Mexico after his wife was discovered dead in a sewer on the grounds of the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort in Cancun at 9 a.m. He was arrested days after reporting her missing in the resort city of Cancun, the official said.

Monica Beresford-Redman had been reported missing by her producer husband on Tuesday after she supposedly left the hotel to go shopping but never returned.

Body found in gutter
Police found her body in a gutter at Cancun's swanky Moon Palace resort on Thursday, two days after her husband reported her missing, reports The Associated Press.

Quintana Roo state investigator Veronica Acacio told the AP that Bruce has been released from detention but he cannot leave the country, as he is still under investigation in the death of his wife.

The 38-year-old Emmy-nominated producer, best known for his work on two hit reality shows -- MTV's "Pimp My Ride" and CBS' "Survivor," and his wife, who would have turned 42 Thursday, had been staying at the hotel since last week with their two children, the AP said.

Citing Bello Rodriguez, the outgoing attorney general for Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located, the agency reports that a security guard from that hotel reported seeing the couple arguing Monday night. The guard also said Bruce attempted to strike his wife as the result of a fight.

Bruce a person of interest
Rodriguez left office later Thursday and his successor as state attorney general, Francisco Alor, told the AP that he would describe Bruce as a person of interest rather than a suspect.

According to him, others staying in the same hotel also claim they heard the couple arguing in their room Monday night.

On Thursday, Bruce was detained by authorities in Mexico for questioning. He was released from police custody just after midnight Friday.

"He's the initial focus of the investigation based on their alleged turbulent relationship," AP quoted Alor as saying on the phone from the state capital of Chetumal.

Cause of death not known
Alor said the woman's body had scratches on the neck, signs of asphyxiation, and a blow to the right temple.

Although the cause of her death has not been determined, initial reports suggest that the woman "died of strangulation because of the bruising," according to regional police spokesman Adrian Cardena, as reported by MTV.

Quintana Roo state investigator Veronica Acacio told the AP that Bruce has been released from detention but he cannot leave the country, as he is still under investigation in the death of his wife.

Couple’s marriage had been strained
In related news, it’s being reported that Bruce and Monica were in Cancun to reconcile marital difficulties after she discovered that her hubby was having an affair, reports MTV, citing a family friend as telling CNN.

If that report is to be believed, last week, Monica "cleaned out the couple's bank account and traveled to Hawaii with her children," after which the producer allegedly persuaded her to meet in Cancun to discuss their differences and fix their marital woes.

Affair was a mistake
Monica’s sister Carla Burgos told Los Angeles Times that she last spoke to her sister Sunday night and she sounded normal.

According to her, the two have been living in a tumultuous relationship ever since Monica had learned her husband had been having an affair.

Burgos said Bruce had admitted the affair "was a mistake, and that he loved her and wanted to be with her."

According to her, Monica also agreed to try to work things out. "She really loved him and wanted to give him a chance," Burgos said.