Mexican state prosecutors announced Tuesday morning that two Canadians were found stabbed to death at a beach resort in Playa del Carmen.
The names and hometowns of the two Canadians are not yet available, although law enforcement said the male victim had multiple identities and was wanted by Interpol on charges of international wire fraud. The daily beast reported that the two victims had been in the area for several months before their deaths.
A security guard at the resort complex was also injured, although it has not been confirmed whether the guard’s injury was directly related to the two murders.
Global Affairs Canada say it Associated Press in a statement that he is “aware of reports that Canadian citizens have been affected by an incident in Mexico” and that “consular officials are contacting local authorities to gather more information and stand ready to provide assistance consular”.
Mexico’s Playa del Carmen region, which includes popular vacation towns like Cancun and Tulum, has made headlines several times over the past year. One case occurred in November when two suspected drug traffickers were killed in a shootout in Puerto Morelos.
Prosecutors in Quintana Roo, in the Yucatán Peninsula, are currently dealing with the murder of the two Canadians. The state, home to a large number of Mayan archaeological sites, has doubled its population in the past twenty years.