On Monday, Mexican authorities issued a warrant for reality TV producer Bruce Beresford-Redman's arrest -- and his deceased wife's family says they're "relieved" and "elated."
Monica Beresford-Redman was found dead from strangulation while on a family vacation to Cancun in April. All available evidence seemed to point to husband Bruce, a former Survivor and Pimp My Ride producer: he'd been seen having a fight with his wife shortly before her disappearance, and scratches on his body indicated a struggle. Bruce was immediately declared a "person of interest" in the investigation. His passport was confiscated, but he was not charged with a crime. In May, Bruce shocked Mexican officials by abruptly returning to the United States without a passport and attempted to regain custody of his two children with Monica. Immediately, Monica's sisters -- who suspected Bruce of the murder -- made their own bid for custody. The murdered woman's family also expressed concern that Bruce would go on the lam, taking the children with him. But Bruce couldn't legally leave the country without his passport -- until now. The arrest warrant requires him to go to Mexico to defend himself in a court of law, or if he refuses, to be extradited.
"While we recognize that the extradition process may take some time, we are elated that the process has finally begun. It has taken nearly two months, but we are hopeful that Monica will finally get the justice she deserves," Monica's family said in a statement on Tuesday.
Bruce released his own statement on after the warrant was issued, saying, "I am innocent. My children have had one parent taken from them by a senseless act of violence. I implore the Mexican authorities not to take their remaining parent by a miscarriage of justice."
But Monica's family isn't moved. "As for Bruce, we do not buy his newly found contrition," they said in their statement. "It has been 56 days since Monica was brutally murdered. At no point during that time, did he or his family reach out to the Burgos family to express their sympathy. The only thing that Bruce Beresford-Redman has done since the day Monica went missing was request and pay for her immediate cremation."
Monica Beresford-Redman is survived by her two children by Bruce: Camila, 5, and Alec, 3.
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