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

The male victim was wanted by Interpol

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Two Canadian citizens, a man and a woman, were killed in the resort town of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, authorities said on Tuesday.

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

“He was not a tourist,” the official said, adding that the man had been hiding in Mexico for about four years. Local newspapers identified the man as a Quebec native who first entered the country in 2016.

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

Investigators searched the apartment where the bodies were found and found the male victim had identification with three different names.

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

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

The Canadian Embassy in Mexico confirmed that the deceased were Canadian citizens and said it was in contact with local authorities. He said he could not reveal any further information at this time.

Playa del Carmen has been hit by several cases of violence involving foreigners, most recently in January, when two Canadians were killed at a local resort, apparently over debts between international drug and arms trafficking gangs .

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In March, police in Playa del Carmen found the bodies of four men dumped near a housing estate. The fact that the bodies were left together in the shrubbery next to an access road suggested a gangland type murder.

There have been a series of brazen acts of violence elsewhere along Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast, the crown jewel of the country’s tourism industry.

In November, a shooting on the beach in Puerto Morelos, just north of Playa del Carmen, left two suspected drug traffickers dead. Authorities said about 15 gunmen belonged to a gang that was apparently vying for control of drug sales there.

In late October, further south in the laid-back destination of Tulum, two tourists – one an India-born Californian travel blogger and the other German – were caught in the apparent crossfire of rival drug dealers and killed.

Murders in the resort state have almost quadrupled since 2016, to around 37 per 100,000 people.

Additional reporting from The Associated Press and National Post

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