Drew DeVoursney, a 36 year old United States Marine veteran, and his girlfriend Francesca Matus, a 52 year old Canadian are dead after some mysterious circumstances.
Their bodies were found this week in Belize and the cause of death appears to be strangulation, according to a statement released by the police on Tuesday.
They were last seen on April 25th, leaving Scotty’s Bar and Grill in Corozal. The girlfriend, Matus, was supposed to fly back to Canada the following day. Matus typically lived in Belize from December to April and was the mother of twin boys.
She was reported missing by a friend who said that he could not find her after going to her home to drive her to the airport. Her car was also missing.
The car was located on Sunday in the middle of a sugar cane field, which was about 10 miles away from the bar they were last seen at. It was the next day that their bodies were found.
Devoursney was supposed to fly back on Friday and was known for his friends for loving adventure. His brother, Brandon Barfield, is hiring a private investigator to look into the situation and to bring the veteran’s remains home.
“He’s a real adventure boy, that’s what I call him, my adventure boy because he’s done so many different things,” Char DeVoursney told the newspaper. Drew DeVoursney was expected to fly back to Atlanta on Friday, Fox 5 Atlanta reported.
Matus, a mother to twin boys, lived in Belize from December to April. “She only said really good things about Belize. She loved it there,” Matus’ friend Robert Di Matto said.
“She loved the bay, she loved lying in her hammock, she loved the spirit and the energy that it brought.” Matus and DeVoursney had been dating for a few months before their deaths. Drew DeVoursney’s brother, David, and friend, Brandon Barfield, flew to Belize to bring the marine veteran’s remains home.
Barfield, who initially set up a GoFundMe page to cover expenses for the search, wrote in a Tuesday update that the family want a private investigation into the couple’s death. “We are, now, seeking to hire a private investigation firm to have a second look into his death because we want to truly exhaust all resources for Drew and his family,” Barfield wrote. “They deserve justice and peace.”