Crime

ABC Producer Murdered While On Vacation In Belize

| by Brendan Kelly
Anne SwaneyAnne Swaney

A producer for ABC was killed while on vacation in Belize.

Anne Swaney, 39, was the executive producer of online operations for ABC Chicago.

Swaney was found dead with bruises on her neck and lacerations on both sides of her head after a daylong search, Benque Viejo Police Superintendent Daniel Arzu told NBC Chicago.

Police believe that Swaney may have been sexually assaulted before being killed on Jan. 14 after doing yoga near the Nabatunich Resort in Benque Viejo, where she was staying alone.

Swaney’s body was found on the morning of Jan. 15 after police dogs tracked her scent. According to Arzu, her body was found floating in the Mopan River, covered in just a bra.

“We suspect that she may have been sexually violated,” Arzu said. “She had bruises around her neck that reveals that there might have been some strangulation or some sort of fight back.”

A suspect has not yet been named in the case, but an investigation is ongoing.

A tour guide found Swaney’s belongings next to the river in which her body was later found just hours after she left to do yoga. Police brought in dogs soon after the tour guide made the discovery, but Swaney’s body was not found until the next day.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to her family and loved ones on their loss,” a state department official said in a statement. “Our consular staff is providing all possible consular assistance.”

“She had the capacity to make everybody around here better,” John H. Idler, president and general manager of ABC, said in a statement, according to NBC Chicago. “She demanded that from those around her. She mentored people throughout her career.”

Sources: NBC ChicagoABCDaily Mail / Photo credit: Screenshot via NBC Chicago