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    Belize - Francesca Matus, 52, & Drew De Voursney, 36, Corozal, 25 April 2017

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadia...lize-1.3389803
    Canadian woman, U.S. companion missing in Belize

    Francesca Matus, 52, was last seen leaving a local bar in Corozal, Belize on April 25, 2017. (Francesca Matus / Facebook)
    Rifenbark said that, at approximately 11 p.m. local time, the couple left for home in Matus’ white Isuzu Rodeo SUV. At approximately 8:30 a.m. the next morning, Rifenbark said her friend Joe Milhoen went to give Matus a drive to the airport in Belize City, where she was to catch a flight to Canada.

    Rifenbark said that, when Milhoen arrived at Matus’ Corozal home, the gate was locked and her SUV wasn’t there. She said De Voursney’s motorcycle was the only vehicle parked at the home. Milhoen also spotted one of Matus’ suitcases through the glass of the front door.
    Rifenbark said Milhoen tried calling the couple’s cellphones, checked with friends to see if anyone had heard from them, and even visited the local police station and hospital. Rifenbark said another friend called the airline and was told that Matus had not checked in for her flight.
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    http://globalnews.ca/news/3413407/ca...ing-in-belize/
    Matus is described as 5′ 1″ tall with shoulder-length brown hair and a slim build, and was last seen wearing white, denim short pants and a white long-sleeve blouse, according to local media reports. De Voursney is 6′ 6″ tall, has a chain tattooed on his right arm and was last seen wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs shirt and camouflage pants.

    Matus’ LinkedIn page says she is a real estate investor and property manager from the Toronto area. Friends say she has homes in both Canada and Belize.

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    http://7newsbelize.com/sstory.php?nid=40160


    Joe Milhoen, Friend of Francesca
    "The whole thing is a mystery. We showed up and drove his vehicle which is a motorcycle was in Francesca driveway when I arrived at 8:30 on Wednesday morning and her car was gone. Her luggage was in her house. They got missing sometime between 10:45 the night before when they left the bar and 8:30 when I picked them up and there were obviously together, because the only vehicle he was is parked in her driveway and they were seen leaving Scotty's Bar and Grill together the night before."

    "They both have cell phones, but as of 8:30 yesterday morning both phones were going straight to voicemail when you dial their numbers and neither one is responded to any social media. Their families have been contacted, both Drew's and Francesca's. They have not responded to any communication from their families also."

    "We have spent countless hours since yesterday morning going down all the roads in the areas, trying to find if they ran off the road at night on the way home or just anything, any trace of the vehicle. We are working closely with the police department in trying to organized search. We are doing a lot of the search ourselves. We have people out searching and we are out riding the roads."
    "We have rented a plane and we're fixing to do a flyover of the area to see if we can spot the vehicle. What we are asking the public to do is be on lookout for this vehicle. It's a white 1998 Isuzu Rodeo with a Corozal tag number."
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    "Fifty-two-year-old [Canadian national] Francesca Matus and U.S. national Drew De Voursney, 36, were last seen driving home from a bar in the town of Corozal on Tuesday night, their friend Nancy Rifenbark, who lives in Corozal, told Global News.
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    Matus and De Voursney were last seen leaving Scotty’s Bar and Grill around 11 p.m. local time on Tuesday night, Rifenbark said. Matus was having a drink with friends and saying goodbye, as she was due to catch a flight back to Canada the next day.
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    However, a friend who drove to Matus’ house the next morning to give her a ride to the airport found her gate locked and her vehicle missing. Matus’ friends checked with common friends, the local police station, the hospital as well as the airline, which confirmed that Matus didn’t check in for her flight.

    Belizean authorities conducted air and ground searches of the area to no avail."

    http://globalnews.ca/news/3413407/ca...ing-in-belize/

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    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toront...lize-1.4092086


    New Police find no trace of Ontario woman and boyfriend missing in Belize

    Pair 'well-liked'

    According to Rifenbark, police have been conducting an extensive air and ground search, but there's been no sign of the missing couple or of Matus's car, which she was last seen driving as she left the bar.

    "It is a lot of jungle and bush and so it's not that easy," Rifenbark said. "So we're hoping to get maybe a helicopter or more plane activity."

    She said Matus's and De Voursney's brothers are expected to travel to Belize soon to help with the search.
    Rifenbark said she has never felt unsafe in Corozal, where she has lived for eight years. Matus has had her home there for four years, she said.

    "Things happen just like they do everywhere else," she said. "It is a Third World country. But I drive around at night and I've never felt a threat like this."
    She described Matus and De Voursney as "well-liked" and said they have lots of local friends. Matus lives part of the year at her property in Corozal and part of the year in Canada, Rifenbark said. Matus is also a mother of twin boys, she said.

    Friends were posting on a Facebook page belonging to Matus, offering prayers that she be found safe.
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    This story sure went national today - CBC reporting on the hour! Have you read anything local about what people think happened? Did they go off a cliff, rebel attack, conflict between the two?

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    The timing of her disappearance is interesting. As a realtor, she probably made no secret of the fact that she was leaving for Canada in the morning. Is it possible that someone decided to attack her the night before she was to leave with the hope that no one would notice her missing - that everyone would assume that she is in Canada?

    That would point to an enemy in Belize ... an unhappy customer? What do we know about her real estate dealings? Was it time share? Was she buying and selling, or negotiating deals for others?

    I also have to wonder why USA news hasn't picked up this story. Who is he and why is it her friends who are making sure the story makes international headlines?

    Also, if she and the boyfriend were living together, why wasn't he driving her to the airport in her vehicle? Was he working at the time that she needed to be dropped at the airport? Did he not have a driver's licence ... I know he has a motorcycle?
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    Snipped from cbc link above...
    ...A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada would only confirm that the federal department is aware of reports that a Canadian citizen is missing in Belize, but would not confirm Matus's identity, citing privacy considerations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tarabull View Post
    Snipped from cbc link above...
    That's weird! Her name is all over the news - presumably because friends are very concerned about her disappearance, so there's no need to protect privacy anymore.

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    I am asking a mod to change the title as Belize is a separate country from Mexico.
    Six-year-old Shannon Sherrill disappeared from her front yard in Thorntown, Indiana in October, 1986. Someone knows where she is......

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    On Wednesday midday American national Joseph Milholen reported that earlier that day he went to pick up his friend fifty-two-year-old Francesca Matus from Serenity Sands on the Consejo Road in Corozal. Milholen reported that he was to take Matus to the P.G.I.A., but he was unable to locate her following multiple calls made. All attempts to reach Matus’ boyfriend, thirty-six-year-old American Drew Thomas De Voursey in Ranchito Village proved futile.
    According to Google maps, it takes:

    7 minutes (3.5 Km) from Scotty's Bar and Grill to Ranchito Village (link)


    22 minutes (11.2 Km) from Scotty's to Serenity Sands on Consejo Rd. (which is in the opposite direction) (link)

    Which way did they go?
    Unfortunately, there's no Google Street View to see if there are any cliffs. I don't see any bridges/rivers.


    http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/145436
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    There must be an assumption that they went off the road since they are doing air searches.

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    Francesca's Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002278886847

    So sad, hope they find them safe and sound.




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