Crime & Justice

Hollywood producer's wife found dead in Mexico; husband detained as suspect

A Hollywood producer's wife who vanished while on vacation in Cancun was found dead today in Mexico, according to the state prosecutor's office on the Yucatan peninsula, and her husband was reportedly being detained in connection with her death.

Updated 11:14 a.m.

Monica Beresford-Redman's body was found in a cistern at the Moon Palace Hotel, where she was last seen while on a family vacation, according to a report from Radio Quintana Roo, a radio station in Cancun.

The station attributed the news to the state prosecutor's office in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan peninsula.

Beresford-Redman was last seen Monday leaving the hotel for a shopping expedition in the Mexican resort. The Rancho Palos Verdes woman had been staying at the Moon Palace Hotel with her husband and children.

Beresford-Redman owns the Zamumba Restaurant and Bar on Venice Boulevard and is considered a prominent member of Los Angeles' Brazilian community.

The woman's husband, Bruce Beresford-Redman, is a producer of the CBS television series "Survivor." According to various media reports from Mexico, he had been detained and questioned as a possible suspect in his wife's death.

The woman's sister, Carla Burgos, told CBS2 that her sister left her cell phone and passport in the room, but her credit cards were missing.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department had prepared a missing person's report and had notified the U.S. State Department and Embassy in Cancun.

The missing woman and her family had been scheduled to return to Los Angeles today, which is her birthday.