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article imageCanadian woman found brutally beaten at luxury Mexican resort

By Yukio Strachan     Jan 23, 2012 in Crime
A young Canadian woman in her 20s was found badly beaten in an elevator unconscious, lying in a pool of blood in a luxurious Mexican resort.
The Globe and Mail reported that the victim had been staying at the Hotel Riu Emerald Bay in Punta Cerritos, in the Mexican resort area of Mazatlan. Police and Canadian consular officials contacted the woman’s family Saturday night.
Another guest getting onto the elevator Saturday morning found the victim. She was likely attacked around 2 a.m, reported the Toronto Star.
A local news site – noroeste.com – reported that paramedics were called to the scene. After being rejected by two private clinics, the woman was admitted to hospital where she is reported to be in serious condition.
The report also said that investigators and researchers from the State Ministerial Police found traces of blood in the hallway and believe she may have been assaulted in a hotel room and dragged down the hall to the elevator, where she was left by her assailant to be discovered, dead or alive.
Authorities in Mexico and Canada are not releasing any details about the woman’s identity. Canada's Foreign Affairs department would release few details on Monday, according to CTV.
"To protect the private and personal information of the individual concerned, further details on this case cannot be released."
Riu Emerald Bay. A new  elegant resort located in Mazatlán  a lively coastal area bathed by the wat...
Riu Emerald Bay. A new, elegant resort located in Mazatlán, a lively coastal area bathed by the waters of the Pacific.
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One source, however, who requested anonymity said that the "hotel staff said that she had entered hours before hosting center accompanied by another person and both ingested alcohol."
The Hotel Riu Emerald Bay in the Mexican resort town of Mazatlan has several five-star ratings on many travel websites. But these same travel websites reveal a very different resort than the one shown in pictures.
"Each person in my party had something stolen from their room," said one guest on a travel website." I had a bottle of Tylenol and when I returned to my room all the pills were taken except a couple." But she was one of the lucky ones because "others had money taken not only from their room but from their bags at the pool."
Canada's official travel warning for Mexico includes Mazatlan as an area which has experienced a surge in violence related to organized crime, reported Winnipeg Free Press.
The attack is the latest in a series of violent incidents involving Canadian visitors to Mexico recently.
According to CBC news, two Canadian men were shot dead in separate incidents earlier this month, while the body of a Mexican-born University of British Columbia student who disappeared in December was also found stabbed and strangled with her hands tied behind her back near a Mexican beach.
Approximately 1.6 million Canadians visited the country in 2010 – almost twice as many as five years earlier.
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