American man detained in Cancun for death of girlfriend

Cancun, Q.R. – An American man has been detained in Cancun for the death of an American women who was found in Playa del Carmen.

Federal Police were alerted that an American man, who was a suspect in the death of an American woman who died in Playa del Carmen last week, was trying to board a flight at the Cancun International Airport.

Members of the Division of Regional Security monitored Terminal Two at the Cancun International Airport where they quickly identified 59-year-old John Loveless as he was trying to board a flight to Atlanta, Georgia.

Loveless, who is an Illinois attorney, was arrested at the Cancun airport and taken into custody for the death of 36-year-old Tamra Turpin of Union, Missouri. Turpin was found dead in a condo hotel that the couple shared while on vacation together in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

Loveless claims that Turpin died of seizures. He alleged that she was taken to a hospital with seizures and released but “still wasn’t right”, and died at their condo hotel Wednesday morning.

Autopsy reports show that Turpin died of asphyxia by strangulation.

In an email, the U.S. Embassy confirmed Turpin’s death. “We are also aware of reports that a U.S. citizen has been arrested in connection with her death.”

Loveless appeared before a Cancun judge on Friday but declined to make an official declaration.  He is being held in custody in Cancun. A hearing has been set for March 9.

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