Authorities Continue Investigation into Deaths of Ali Landry's Relatives
The former Miss USA's brother-in-law and father-in-law were found with brain injuries after reported missing on Sept. 4.
VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — Authorities in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz say there have been few advances in the investigation into the killings of the father and brother of Mexican movie director Alejandro Monteverde a week after their bodies were found.
Omar Zuniga, spokesman for the Veracruz state prosecutor's office, said Thursday that the investigation into the slaying of Juan Manuel Gomez Fernandez and Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde continues.
Alejandro Monteverde is married to actress and former Miss USA Ali Landry, and the two dead are her father-in-law and brother-in-law.
Officials are testing a vehicle allegedly used by those responsible. It had license plates from the neighboring state of Tamaulipas, which borders Texas.
The bodies were found Sept. 19 in Pueblo Viejo in the northern part of Veracruz near the border with Tamaulipas. The men had been reported missing Sept. 4.
Veracruz state prosecutor Luis Angel Bravo Contreras said in a statement to People that Monteverde's father Juan Manuel Gomez Fernandez and son Juan Manuel Gomez Monteverde suffered brain injuries and had been dead for several days.
"Family members have positively identified the victims as the father and brother of filmmaker Alejandro Gómez Monteverde, Landry's husband and the acclaimed director of Little Boy," said Contreras in the statement.
Authorities also confirmed to People that they are working with authorities in Tamapulipas to investigate the deaths. Landry's rep confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that the reports were "sadly true."
An actor on Monteverde's film Little Boy, David Henrie, shared shared his sympathies on Instagram.
Alejandro Monteverde posted a photo on Instagram with his father nine months ago. According to the Latin Times, Monteverde's brother Juan Manuel Gomez was a business partner at restaurant in Tamaulipas that has allegedly reported drug cartel activity.