Canadian Found Dead, Tied to
Tree in Mexico

by T+E Staff

A man from British Columbia who went missing in Mexico last month has been found dead. According to Mexican media reports, his body was found tied to a tree in the beach town of Barra de Navidad, located north of Manzanillo. His neck was reportedly tied to the tree with a belt and his hands were bound with tape.

The victim, Ron Lloyd MacKintosh, was a 64-year-old retiree from Nanaimo, B.C. He had moved to Mexico two years ago, and had been a long-time visitor to the country prior to making the move.

The hunt for MacKintosh began on Oct. 22, when his common-law wife reported him missing. He was last seen in Melaque, a town near Barra de Navidad, where he had driven a friend home; his car hasn’t been found.

This is the third Canadian death in Mexico this year. Another British Columbia native, 67-year-old Robin Wood, was also killed in Melaque this year, during a home invasion in January. The second death was Duane Joseph Lang of Regina, who was murdered in an apartment in Puerto Vallarta back in August.

It’s been a horrific past few years for Canadians in Mexico. In addition to the three deaths this year, a woman had to have facial reconstruction after she was attacked in a resort in Mazatlan earlier this year.

In 2010, another B.C. man who had moved to Mexico was killed in Puerto Vallarta, and a Quebec man was found in the trunk of a burned rental car in the state of Guerrero.

In February of this year, 22 Carnival Cruise tourists were robbed at gunpoint while on a bus tour in Puerto Vallarta. No one was injured.