The former "Survivor" producer whose wife was slain during the couple's vacation in Cancun, Mexico, left the country and returned to the U.S. without the knowledge of Mexican authorities, who had seized his passport in the days after his wife's body was found in a hotel sewer.
Bruce Beresford-Redman returned to Los Angeles this weekend despite Mexican authorities having named him as a person of interest in the killing of his wife, Monica Beresford-Redman.
In the eyes of the Mexican authorities and her family, he remains the prime suspect in the case.
Authorities said shortly after her death that he had been told not to leave Mexico pending the outcome of the investigation.
The attorney general in charge of the investigation in Mexico told ABC News that he found Beresford-Redman's return to Los Angeles "suspicious." He said the state received key DNA evidence Friday that could allow investigators to make an arrest in the case in a matter of days.
But Bruce Beresford-Redman's attorney told ABC News that his client was a free man.
He "has returned to Los Angeles County to be with his children and attend to family and personal matters," his lawyer said. "He has been informed he has no legal obligation to remain in Mexico pending an investigation into his wife's tragic death."
There's been no sight of him at the couple's upscale California home in Palas Verdes. But sources said he may be attending a custody hearing today regarding the couple's two young children. Monica Beresford-Redman's sisters are petitioning for guardianship.
Monica Beresford-Redman's body was turned over to her family last month. Her mother and sisters traveled back and forth from the United States to Mexico in the weeks after her death to pressure authorities to charge her husband with murder.
Fomer Los Angeles County prosecutor Robin Sax, who has no connection to the case, told "Good Morning America" today that she believed there was "ample probable cause" to charge Beresford-Redman, pointing to the couple's actions in the days before her death and the conflicting statements he gave to authorities, among other things.
"It is pretty atrocious that charges hasn't been found," she said.
But criminal defense attorney Roy Black, who is also not involved in the case, questioned what authorities might actually have on Beresford-Redman.
"What direct evidence is there that he committed the murder?" he asked. "There's still that missing link."
Monica Beresford-Redman's body was found April 8 in a sewer at the posh Cancun resort where she had been staying with her husband and their children.
Both Sax and Black agreed that Bruce Beresford-Redman's return to the United States will likely kick off a lengthy extradition battle should Mexican authorities charge him.
While Black said Beresford-Redman should have every opportunity to seek custody of his children, Sax said the mere naming of him as a person of interest could influence a judge to shift custody to another family member.