Former "Survivor" producer arrested in Mexico over wife's death

Thu Apr 8, 2010 7:41pm EDT
 
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By Jose Cortazar

CANCUN, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexican police arrested a former producer of the "Survivor" television series on Thursday on suspicion of murdering his wife, found strangled in the Caribbean resort of Cancun.

Bruce Beresford-Redman's Brazilian wife, Monica, went missing on Monday from the luxury hotel where they were on vacation and her body was found later in mangroves near the hotel. She had been beaten and strangled.

Beresford-Redman, a former U.S. producer for the hit reality series "Survivor" and co-creator of the car make-over show "Pimp My Ride," had cuts and bruises on his arms, said Melchor Rodriguez, the attorney general for Quintana Roo state that includes Cancun.

"Hotel staff saw the couple arguing on Monday night in the hotel grounds," Rodriguez told reporters. "For the moment, he is the prime suspect," he said.

An agent for Beresford-Redman could not immediately be reached. The producer was with a lawyer inside police offices in Cancun where authorities said he was making a statement.

Created in 2000, "Survivor" takes contestants to remote and exotic places and pits them against one another in a series of challenges.

(Additional reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Writing by Robin Emmott; Editing by Peter Cooney)

 
<p>Mexican Federal Police stand guard outside the coroner's office, where the body of Monica Beresford-Redman is being held, in Cancun April 8, 2010. REUTERS/Gerardo Garcia</p>