LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) Bruce Beresford-Redman, the former "Survivor" producer who had been described by Mexican police as a suspect in his wife's death, has returned to California, according to his lawyer.
The question is now how the investigation will proceed with a key figure out of the country.
Attorney Richard Hirsch said in a statement Sunday that Beresford-Redman had returned to Los Angeles County "to be with his children and attend to family and personal matters."
Hirsch said Beresford-Redman, who has not been charged with a crime, had no legal obligation to remain in Mexico while authorities investigate the death of his wife, Monica, whose body was found in a sewer at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun in April.
Police in Mexico had described Beresford-Redman as a suspect. Officials previously said he was barred from leaving the country and confiscated his passport.
However, Francisco Alor, the attorney general for Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located, said Sunday there was no court order barring Beresford-Redman from leaving Mexico.
Monica's family strongly criticized Mexican investigators earlier this month, saying it had taken too long to make an arrest.
Beresford-Redman reported his wife missing two days before her body was found, prosecutors have said. He told police he last saw her when she left the exclusive resort to go shopping and never returned, according to investigators.
Investigators have said the victim's body showed signs of asphyxiation and evidence of a heavy blow to the right temple. Investigators have received the results of new forensic tests and were preparing to turn over the evidence to a judge, he said.
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