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Canadian found dead near Barra de Navidad
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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.
Doug Means moved a thread on this murder over to the Off Topic section on BajaNomad. I guess it is not related to Baja. However, the thread about the head case Michelle getting divorced by her husband remains firmly ensconced in the Baja section where it is not password protected.

Go figure that one out.
Más vale pocos pelos, pero bien peinados.
B.C. man killed in Mexico feared becoming victim of violent crime

Before Ron Mackintosh moved to Mexico from Courtenay, B.C., he did his homework.

Nearing retirement, the inspector at an engineering firm wanted to live out his days somewhere warmer and more affordable, and had set his sights on the Pacific coast town of Melaque, in the state of Jalisco. The 64-year-old had retreated there many times in the past 20-odd years and developed many friendships.

More importantly, it also seemed to be one of the safer neighbourhoods in a country that all too often makes headlines for violent crime. Encountering violence, said Mr. Mackintosh’s long-time friend Wes Klettke, was his biggest fear. In fact, the murder of another B.C. man, Robin Wood, in Melaque earlier this year worried Mr. Mackintosh so much that he moved again, to Barra de Navidad.

Despite his precautions, Mr. Mackintosh’s fear was realized. On Tuesday, municipal police discovered his body in Barra de Navidad. Mexican authorities confirm it was a homicide but have released few other details. Friends believe Mr. Mackintosh was likely targeted for his car, a black Jeep. He carried no cash with him, Mr. Klettke said – just his bank and residency cards. The Guadalajara Reporter said he had been tied to a tree.

“It was his greatest fear, for this to happen to him,” said an emotional Mr. Klettke on Thursday. “He mentioned it quite often. He’d say, ‘God, I don’t know what I’ve done, sometimes, moving down here.’ ”

Mr. Mackintosh, who lived with his girlfriend, leaves behind two adult children.

Jessica Séguin, a spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs, said in a statement that Canadian officials are providing consular assistance to Mr. Mackintosh’s family. As well, consular officials are in contact with local authorities and a local investigation is ongoing, she said.

The death has once again put a spotlight on the issue of tourist safety in Mexico, which gets between 1.5 and two million Canadian visitors each year. In addition to the murders of Mr. Mackintosh and Mr. Wood, who was shot when he interrupted a home invasion, Sheila Nabb, a 37-year-old Calgary woman, was badly beaten in the elevator of a five-star Mazatlan resort in January. In December, the charred bodies of 39-year-old University of B.C. student Ximena Osegueda and her boyfriend Alejandro Santamaria, 38, were found in Oaxaca.

Tourism officials in Mexico have stressed that despite widespread attention on the high-profile murders, such occurrences are rare. The numbers seem to back them up: According to data from Foreign Affairs, on average, two Canadians out of 100,000 visiting Mexico each year are assaulted or killed. That’s fewer than Jamaica (3.6 per 100,000), India (7.5 per 100,000), South Africa (five per 100,000) and other countries.

Still, the same department warns against non-essential travel to parts of the country – namely, northern states including Sonora, Durango and Sinaloa – due to high levels of violence linked to organized crime.

Andre Gerolymatos, a Simon Fraser University professor and expert in international security, says while organized crime groups usually avoid tourist areas, that is not always the case.

“Every now and then, they want to punish the government of Mexico because the government’s trying to get them out of the way,” he said. “What they do is kill tourists as a way of killing the industry.”

He cautioned against visiting areas that are known for drug activity, particularly towns that are close to the American border.

[Fulano's comment: These people may know how to report the news, but are unfamiliar with statistics. Homicide rates are measured over a period of one year.

"According to data from Foreign Affairs, on average, two Canadians out of 100,000 visiting Mexico each year are assaulted or killed."

If each Canadian only visited Mexico for one week per year, you would have to multiply 2-out-of-100,000 by 52 weeks per year. That gives an astronomical homicide rate of 104 per 100,000.]
Más vale pocos pelos, pero bien peinados.
That simple error dominates Mexican crime reporting. We see it over and over...
BajaNoMas= News, Facts, Stats, Videos, Pics and Links- because presenting the truth to the public is not a negative campaign "Decir la verdad no es ninguna campaña negra".
Suspect arrested in B.C. ex-pat’s murder in Mexico

Mexican police have reportedly arrested a 26-year-old suspect in the murder of B.C. ex-pat Ron Mackintosh last year.

The man was taken into custody during an early-morning raid on Wednesday, and is also suspected in a series of robberies carried out by an organized crime cell, according to local media.

Mackintosh’s body was found tied to a tree on Nov. 6 near Barra de Navidad, a retirement community on Mexico’s southwest coast.

The 64-year-old former Vancouver Island resident was last seen weeks earlier dropping off a friend in his black Jeep Patriot with his dog. Neither the vehicle nor the dog were found.

Mackintosh moved to Mexico in 2010 after retiring as an inspector with a Parksville engineering firm.

He’d taken out Mexican citizenship and planned to live in the country permanently.
Más vale pocos pelos, pero bien peinados.
Oh well..


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