Mexican police detain former "Survivor" producer in wife's death

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Santa Monica, California (CBS) -- A Mexican official says former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is a suspect in his wife's death after reporting her missing in the resort city of Cancun.

The official says the body of Monica Beresford-Redman was found Thursday in a gutter at the swanky Moon Palace resort where they were on a family vacation.

She had not been seen for two days after she reportedly told her husband she was going shopping.

A witness at the hotel saw the couple arguing Sunday, and Bruce Beresford-Redman has been detained as a suspect, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media about the case.

Marcelo Gomez had been friends with Beresford-Redman for nearly 20 years, even featuring her in a Brazilian magazine.

"A lot of people have been calling here to find out. And we don't have any news. We just know she disappeared and we're praying. We've been praying," said Gomez while the search for Beresford-Redman was still active.

Monica's husband, Bruce, spoke to CBS 2/KCAL 9's Serene Branson by phone Wednesday.

He said he couldn't say much because he was hoping to keep the phone lines clear.

"I'm expecting other calls coming in and I'm very hopeful someone will my find wife very soon. She still hasn't been located and we're looking," Bruce told Branson.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is in communication with the U.S. State Department and Embassy in Cancun.

Monica was set to return Thursday, which would have been her birthday.

The cause of death has not been determined.

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