11-07-2012, 04:56 PM
Nanaimo, B.C. expatriate Ron Lloyd MacKintosh was found dead Tuesday near a farm close to his Barra de Navidad home, a popular destination on Mexico’s southwestern coast for Canadian snowbirds, according to police and friends there.
Detectives attended the death in the late morning, local police said, after finding it in a wooded area about three kilometres outside the village community.
Friend Ron Burns called the 64-year-old a “wonderful man” with numerous friends in the village of about 4,000 people. He said MacKintosh has lived there for almost three years. MacKintosh, who was originally from Toronto, was living with his common-law-wife when he disappeared on Oct. 21. “He was a good friend of mine. I’m one of the last people that saw him. We had a couple of beers, he dropped me off and then he disappeared,” Burns told 24 hours Wednesday.
“I just spoke to the police a couple of minutes ago. They’re investigating. I mean, it’s all they can do. It’s a mystery.
“You’ve got to remember, this is a village … most of us know each other. It hit the community pretty bad.”
He was a former senior field inspector with Vancouver Island engineering firm Koers and Associates.
People posting to several Mexican message boards referred to MacKintosh as “Ron Bacardi.” They have been trading information and opinions ever since as well as expressing their frustration at the lack of action from authorities.
The Canadian ex-pat was said to have had his dog with him when he drove off in his black 2008 Jeep Patriot, which has a B.C. licence plate. He was reported missing the next day.
Few other details are known, but so far neither his dog nor his vehicle have been located, according to the Guadalajara Reporter. The media report suggests MacKintosh was tied to a tree when his body was found.
Burns speculates the death may have been motivated by robbery.
“The bottom line is the man was murdered and there’s an investigation.”
Canada’s foreign affairs department said local police are investigating and Canadian consular officials are in contact with the man’s family and providing assistance.
Más vale pocos pelos, pero bien peinados.