PICTURED: Two Canadians found dead in Playa Del Carmen condo apartment with their throats slit: Man, 44, was wanted on international fraud charges
- Raphaël Huppé and Fannie Lorrain were found dead with their throats slit at a Playa de Carmen condominium apartment on Monday
- The Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office said that a security guard was also injured at the tourist apartment complex
- Interpol had issued a Red Notice for the 44-year-old Huppé, a former Quebec resident. He Huppé was facing 15 charges of fraud
- Quintana Roo State Attorney General Oscar Montes de Oca said Huppé and 38-year-old Lorrain had been living in the resort town for four years
- Authorities searching the apartment recovered three fake identifications belonging to Huppé with different names
Two Canadians who were found dead with their throats slit at a luxury Mexican apartment building have been identified.
Raphaël Huppé, 44, and Fannie Lorrain, 38, were found with both of their throats cut at the condominium frequented by tourists in Playa del Carmen on Monday. Their deaths are being treated as homicides.
A third victim, a male security, was also injured at the Oasis 12 apartment complex, the Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday.
The building is located near the center of the city, a well-known tourist hotspot, and can be rented by the night.
Quintana Roo State Attorney General Oscar Montes de Oca revealed that Huppé and Lorrain had been living in the resort town for four years.
The Interpol had issued a Red Notice for Huppé’s arrest after the Quebec resident failed to show up at a March 2016 court hearing.
Canadian national Raphaël Huppé, who was charged in two fraud cases in Quebec, was murdered in a Playa del Carmen condominium on Monday. He and a woman identified as Fannie Lorrain had both of their throats cut. No arrests had been reported as of Thursday
Fannie Lorrain, a 38-year-old Canadian, was killed in a Playa del Carmen apartment on Monday
Raphaël Huppé, 44, and Fannie Lorrain, 38, both of Canada, were found at luxury condominium Oasis 12 in Playa del Carmen Monday, with both of their throats cut
Court records obtained by Canadian newspaper The Province showed that Huppé was facing 15 charges, including five for fraud, were filed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2014.
Authorities accused Huppé of fraud once again in 2015.
In a separate case, Huppé had been found guilty for acting as an unlicensed stock broker in October 2014.
The Canadian government agency in charge of financial regulation found that Huppé conned investors into buying shares of Effective Control Transport Inc. for $740,000 between June 2008 and June 2010.
He ordered to pay a fine of more than $268,000 during a January 2015 sentencing hearing.
The murders of Huppé and Lorrain serve as the latest in a rash of violent incidents at the state’s beach resorts, which are key to the country’s tourism industry.
A senior state official said on Monday that he was a fugitive who had been hiding out in the country for four years.
‘He was a not a tourist,’ the official told Reuters, without releasing the man or his female companion’s identities or ages. He did not detail how the pair were related.
Upon searching the apartment where the victims’ bodies were found, multiple identifications for the male victim were uncovered by police, local lawmen said.
The identification cards all pictured the male victim, but listed three different names.
The couple were discovered at an apartment at the luxury complex, which offers high-end accommodations for tourists. The identities of the victims have yet to be released – but cops say that one of the deceased, the man, was wanted by Interpol for fraud
The pair had reportedly had stayed in the resort town, situated near Cancun and Cozumel, for months – suggesting the pair may have been on the lam. A senior state official said Monday the man was a fugitive who had been hiding out in the country for four years and not a tourist
The discovery comes amid a recent rash of attacks on tourists in the area – a known hotspot for drug cartel activity – related to drug dealing or extortion.
In March, a British man was shot in his convertible while traveling with his daughter on a highway near Playa del Carmen in Quintana Roo state.
The man had been permanent resident of Mexico since 2013, and was threatened by a local gang prior to the roadside ambush, police said at the time.
That same month, police in Playa del Carmen found the bodies of four men dumped near a local housing development. The fact the bodies were dumped in brush beside an access road suggested a gangland-style killing.
In January, two Canadians were killed after being caught in the crossfire of a gun battle that broke out between suspected gang members at the Hotel Xcaret Mexico, also in Playa del Carmen.
Last October, tourists from both Germany and India died under similar circumstances.
A third victim, a man, was also injured at the Oasis 12 apartment complex, the state prosecutor’s office said Tuesday. It was not immediately clear why the three were targeted
Local police did not name the two deceased, but said that the male victim was not a tourist
Many believe the brazen acts along Mexico’s resort-crowded Mayan Riviera coast, which serves as the center of the country’s all-important tourism industry, are a result of a more than 15-year-long offensive against the notorious Mexican cartel.
The country has seen a stark rise in murders and disappearance since launching a controversial military campaign to quell organized crime in 2006.
The country has since registered more than 340,000 murders and tens of thousands of disappearances.
Police are probing the deaths of the Canadian couple as murders.
The investigation is currently ongoing.