April 9, 2010 in Nation/World

TV producer held in Mexico in wife’s death

Couple had ‘turbulent relationship’
E. Eduardo Castillo Associated Press
 

MEXICO CITY – “Pimp My Ride” and former “Survivor” producer Bruce Beresford-Redman was detained Thursday as a suspect in his wife’s death days after reporting her missing in the resort city of Cancun, a Mexican official said.

The body of Monica Beresford-Redman was found Thursday in a sewer at the swanky Moon Palace resort where the family was on vacation, according to Bello Rodriguez, the outgoing attorney general for Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located.

Rodriguez said a security guard at the hotel saw the couple arguing Monday night and said Beresford-Redman tried to hit her.

Beresford-Redman had scratches on his neck and officials were conducting toxicology tests to determine whether he had consumed drugs, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez left office later Thursday and his successor, Francisco Alor, said he would describe Beresford-Redman as a person of interest rather than a suspect.

“He’s the initial focus of the investigation based on their alleged turbulent relationship,” Alor said by phone from the state capital of Chetumal.

The cause of death has not been determined.

Beresford-Redman told police Tuesday that his wife left the hotel to go shopping the previous day and never returned, said an official from the attorney general’s office.

Friends gathered Thursday at the Zabumba bikini bar and restaurant that Monica owned and managed in West Los Angeles.

“She’s going to be very missed,” said friend Mariza Alyrio. “I can’t believe it’s her. I hope he didn’t do that. I don’t want to believe it. He doesn’t seem like that kind of guy.”

Bruce Beresford-Redman was a producer for several episodes of the Emmy-nominated CBS reality show “Survivor,” including “The Amazon” and “Marquesas” seasons, but was not currently working with the program, according to his profile on IMDB.com.

The Internet Movie Database also names him as the co-creator of “Pimp My Ride,” a popular MTV car makeover show, and as an executive producer for “Crash Course,” a driving game show that aired on ABC last summer.

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