PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — A U.S. man is being held in the death of his American girlfriend in the Caribbean resort city of Playa del Carmen, Mexican authorities said Sunday.
Federal police identified him as John Loveless, 59, but did not give his hometown. A police statement said he was detained at the Cancun airport before he was to board a flight to Atlanta.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City confirmed the death in Playa del Carmen of an American citizen it identified as Tamra Turpin, but also would not give her hometown. It offered condolences and said it was providing consular assistance in the case.
The embassy said it was aware of reports that a U.S. citizen had been detained, but referred further questions to Mexican authorities.
According to the prosecutors' office in Quintana Roo state, where both Playa del Carmen and Cancun are located, Loveless faces a criminal homicide investigation in the death of the woman. It said the suspect was in a relationship with the victim.
The woman was found dead Wednesday in a condo the couple had rented, and a forensic examination concluded she died of asphyxia by strangulation.
The suspect was in custody in Playa del Carmen. Appearing before a judge Friday, he declined to make an official declaration in the case, and it was not clear whether he had a local attorney.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Turpin, 36, was from Union, Missouri, which is about 50 miles west of St. Louis. The newspaper quoted family members as saying she had gone to Mexico on vacation with her boyfriend, a lawyer.
Apparently Loveless, contacted Turbins sister to inform her that her sister was dead. He communicated to her over text message and told her that she overdosed. According the Mexican police, Turbin dead upon suffocation.
This kind of shit only happens in Mexico. You drive along the highway to your resort and you see the squalor along the side of a main highway in the country. You pass the security check points that are stationed by guards with semi-automatic machine guns and assault rifles. You see all the shit that is the surrounding land of the vacation resorts. It gives you a little edge. It gets your blood boiling a bit. You might feel a little native.
It is hilarious when lesser countries arrest tourists for some crazy shit. Like that guy who got arrested while in NORTH KOREA, what a fucking idiot.
hahahahahahahahahaha. I hope he never leaves.
"I have been very impressed by the North Korean governments humanitarian treatment of severe criminals like myself"
Too funny, too funny. Like hey idiot! If you wanna have a killer spring break, don't go to any country in Asia. And Like other idiot, if you don't like your girlfriend don't kill her in your Mexican resort. Cancel her flight back and dump her at the airport. Or simple enough, you take her out on international waters and then you leave her there to drown. Way easier alternatives to getting arrested in Mexico.
The things that they will do with him. Pinata, Cock fighting, and whatever else is Mexican, Corona in a can.
What AN Idiot!
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