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American Tourist Disappears From Tour Group in Belize

Arizona woman had gone on an overnight trip to a small island with others

(Newser) - An American woman vacationing in Belize has been reported missing after going on an overnight side trip to a small island. When members of the tour group awoke about 6am Saturday, Alison MacKenzie, 43, was no longer with them, ABC News reports. More than a dozen people, including MacKenzie's... More »

A Day After Arriving in Belize, Virginia Doctor Is Murdered

Dr. Gary Swank, 53, was vacationing with his wife and 3 kids

(Newser) - As tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic continue to grab headlines comes word of an untimely death due west of there. The State Department had confirmed a Virginia cardiologist who was vacationing with his wife and three children was murdered in Belize on Sunday, just a day after arriving in... More »

In Famed Oceanic Hole, a Chilling Discovery

2 bodies discovered during expedition into Great Blue Hole by Cousteau's grandson

(Newser) - Belize's Great Blue Hole was popularized by underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau in a 1971 episode of his series, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. But what was at the bottom of the 410-foot-deep ocean sinkhole, which formed as a limestone cave thousands of years ago before rising sea levels... More »

Surprise Diagnosis for Honeymooner's Itchy Groin

Fla. woman carried human botfly larva in skin from Belize

(Newser) - A tiny creature grew inside a Florida woman for two months after her honeymoon in Belize—and no, she wasn't pregnant. Weeks after returning home, the 36-year-old noticed an itchy spot on the left side of her groin and assumed she'd been bitten by an insect, reports Live... More »

Woman Killed in Belize Was Threatened: Cops

2 people have been detained

(Newser) - Two suspects are in custody in the case of an American man and his Canadian girlfriend found murdered in Belize , reports the CBC . No details on the suspects have been released, reports WSB , but CNN previously reported police were questioning two ex-pats who live near the Corozal home of Francesca... More »

Belize: Murdered Couple Were Robbed, Strangled

Police say their wrists were duct-taped

(Newser) - A Canadian woman and her American boyfriend were murdered before their bodies were left in a sugarcane field, police in Belize have confirmed. An autopsy found that Francesca Matus, 52, and 36-year-old Drew DeVoursney were strangled, the CBC reports. The bodies were found Monday , almost a week after they were... More »

Missing Couple Found Dead in Belize

Canadian woman, former US Marine mourned

(Newser) - Grim news from Belize: Searchers say they have found the bodies of missing Canadian woman Francesca Matus and her American boyfriend, Drew DeVoursney. According to Breaking Belize News , the bodies were found Monday evening in Corozal District, near the border with Mexico. "They were both found ... they are dead,... More »

Car of Missing Couple Found in Belize Sugarcane Field

The American and Canadian pair have been missing since Tuesday

(Newser) - The car of a Canadian woman who has been missing in Belize since last week along with her American boyfriend was found abandoned Sunday in a sugarcane field. CBC News reports that Francesca Matus, 52, was last seen with boyfriend Drew DeVoursney, 36, leaving a bar in Corozal Tuesday. Matus’... More »

Cops Found a Head in a Bucket. Then Things Got Weird

In his truck police found cash, firearms, and a bucket with the head inside

(Newser) - The severed head of Llewelyn Lucas, a beloved local pastor in Belize, was on July 16 found stuffed into a bucket in the back of a truck outside a bar. But as police began to investigate, things only got weirder, reports Vice in a lengthy look at last weekend's... More »

Dad of Slain ABC Journo Lost Son 2 Years Ago: 'I'm a Mess'

Jack Swaney says death of daughter Anne, killed in Belize, 'hasn't sunk in'

(Newser) - Anne Swaney, the 39-year-old ABC 7 executive producer who was found murdered in Belize on Friday, died "from a random act of violence," her obituary reads. And, "like all victims, she deserved better." Her father, Jack Swaney, said as much in his interview with WLS-TV , the... More »

Cops: ABC Producer Murdered in Belize

Anne Swaney was found strangled in a river

(Newser) - Authorities in Belize say an American tourist found face-down in a river on Friday was strangled, ABC 7 reports. Anne Swaney, a 39-year-old executive producer for ABC 7 in Chicago, was staying at the Nabitunich resort in the town of Benque Viejo del Carmen on the Belize-Guatemala border. She was... More »

The 10 Happiest Countries

Once again, Panama leads the pack

(Newser) - US citizens who want a happier life may want to leave the country. The Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index has issued its second annual list of country rankings, looking at 145 countries and how their residents fare in various "well-being elements." Those elements: a sense of purpose, social relationships,... More »

'Blue Hole' May Hold Secret to Mayan Collapse

Long drought may have led to civilization's collapse—and proof may be in sediment

(Newser) - Everything from overhunting and a peasant uprising to deforestation and an alien invasion has been proposed to explain why the Mayan civilization collapsed, Smithsonian notes. But one theory has been gaining ground in recent years: extreme drought. Now more evidence has surfaced to support the drought postulation—and the proof... More »

Mayan Pyramid Crushed—for Gravel

Belizean road crew wrecks ancient temple

(Newser) - Archeologists have been horrified to discover that one of the largest Mayan pyramids in Belize has been almost completely annihilated by road crews looking for an easy source of gravel. The 2,300-year-old temple at the heart of the Nohmul complex—at 60 feet, one of the country's tallest... More »

McAfee in Miami: I Faked Illness

Antivirus guru says he 'played crazy card'

(Newser) - John McAfee is back in the US , regaling ABC News with his latest adventures. After he arrived in Miami, he was met by several officers. "I said, 'Am I arrested?' They said, 'No, sir, I am here to help you.' That felt the best of all,... More »

McAfee Released, Arrives in US

Flies from Guatemala to Miami

(Newser) - John McAfee might get out of this yet: He arrived back in the US tonight after being freed from a Guatemalan detention facility , reports AP . His plane touched down in Miami, though it's not clear where he goes next. "I've been running through jungles and rivers and... More »

Guatemala Orders Release of John McAfee

Tycoon has 10 days to resolve his status, hopes to return to US

(Newser) - Looks like there may not be a trial in McAfee's future: A judge has ordered John McAfee freed from a Guatemalan detention center, a lawyer for the colorful antivirus tycoon says. The lawyer says that the judge has declared McAfee's detention illegal and given him 10 days to... More »

McAfee's New Plan: Go to US

Anti-virus pioneer fighting extradition to Belize

(Newser) - John McAfee's request for political asylum in Guatemala was rejected, so he has a new plan: Return to the United States. "America is my home. It’s where I was raised," he said last night during an online press conference. "I simply would like to live... More »

Tests: McAfee Had Nervous Breakdown, Not Heart Attack

Lawyers appeal to Supreme Court, seeking to prevent return to Belize

(Newser) - John McAfee is back in a Guatemalan immigration detention center, awaiting extradition to Belize, after medical tests showed he did not have a heart attack yesterday , but rather a nervous breakdown, reports CNN . Guatemalan officials turned down McAfee's bid for asylum, but his lawyers have filed a bid with... More »

John McAfee Nabbed in Guatemala

Software pioneer to be expelled to Belize: officials

(Newser) - OK, this time it's for real: Software designer John McAfee illegally entered Guatemala hoping for political asylum—instead he's been arrested by Guatemalan police, who plan to send him back to Belize. He should be back in Belize this morning, a Guatemalan government spokesman says. But McAfee's... More »

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