Photo: Bruce Beresford-Redman Extradited Mexico
Former “Survivor” producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, charged in the murder of his wife, Monica Burgos, during an April 2010 vacation in Cancun, was extradited Wednesday to Mexico, his attorney’s spokesman told Efe.
Beresford-Redman was extradited to the southeastern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Steve Jaffe, spokesman for attorney Richard Hirsch, said.
Burgos’ family, for its part, released a statement applauding the extradition.
“It has been nearly two years since our beloved Monica was savagely murdered by her husband, Bruce,” the statement read.
“After nearly 15 months in United States custody, Bruce will finally be returned to Mexico to stand trial for Monica’s murder. This day marks a major milestone in our journey to ensure justice for Monica.”
The producer could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
The case came to light on April 6, 2010, when Beresford-Redman filed a report with Cancun police concerning the disappearance of his wife.
In his first statement to police, he said he had not seen Burgos since she left the hotel in a taxi to go shopping and presented the situation as a possible kidnapping.
Two days later, Burgos’ body was discovered inside a septic tank located some 80 meters (yards) from the hotel room the couple had shared with their two children.
Investigators subsequently began to focus their attention on Beresford-Redman, who had scratches on his face and arms and inconsistencies in his story that prompted authorities to call him in for questioning and order him to surrender his passport.
Beresford-Redman, however, showed up at his home in California in late May 2010, saying he left Mexico because there was no formal complaint against him and he had to return to work and take care of his children.
The Mexican Attorney General’s Office responded by issuing a formal arrest warrant for the suspect - arrested by U.S. marshals in Los Angeles in November 2010 - and requesting his extradition.