Canadian couple found murdered in Mexico resort town of Playa del Carmen

Male victim was wanted internationally for fraud, say authorities

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Two Canadian citizens, a man and a woman, have been killed at the beach resort of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, authorities said on Tuesday.

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The killings in the state of Quintana Roo follow the fatal shooting in January of two Canadians with criminal records in nearby Cancun.

A senior state official told Reuters the man, whose identity has not been made public, was wanted by Interpol.

“He was a not a tourist,” the official said, adding that the man had been in hiding in Mexico for about four years.

Investigators searched the apartment where the bodies were found and discovered the male victim had IDs with three different names. He was allegedly wanted internationally for fraud, authorities said.

Mexican media said the victims had their throats cut, citing a local police report. The Quintana Roo attorney general’s office said the two had suffered knife injuries, but did not immediately reply to requests for further comment.

Their bodies were found in local accommodation and a third person, a man, also was injured, the office said.

Canada’s embassy in Mexico confirmed the dead were Canadian citizens and said it was in contact with local authorities. It said it could not reveal further information at this time.

Violence is not uncommon in Quintana Roo, although it is usually outside of tourist locations, according to AFP. The region, while popular with tourists, is an area of ​​drug cartel activity.

Murders in the resort state have nearly quadrupled since 2016, to about 37 per 100,000 residents.

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