ABC7 Chicago producer Anne Swaney was founded murdered while vacationing in Belize this week. She was 39.
Anne started her vacation on Saturday and was staying at the Nabatunich Resort, Benque Viejo, in the Cayo District of western Belize, a seemingly popular tourist destination.
Anne reportedly went to a deck area by the river to do yoga, and hours later, a tour guide found her belongings on the deck with no trace of her.
From ABC News:
“A horse riding tour returned in the afternoon and found her personal effects on the deck. This looked suspicious so they went to her cabin and she wasn’t there. They told the owner who called the police. The police came with their canine unit and the scent led them along the river but due to the darkness the search was called off for the night before finding her,” Supt. Arzu told the I-Team.”
The next morning, Anne’s body was found floating face down in the river. She was wearing only her bra, and there were lacerations on her neck and both sides of her head. Early reports suggest that she was sexually assaulted.
An autopsy has confirmed the cause of death as manual strangulation as well as blunt force injuries to her head and neck.
Anne was executive producer of online operations at abc7chicago.com.
I’ll update as the story unfolds.