Annunziata and Domenico Ianiero

Mexican police say they have the names and photos of two suspects in the murder of a Canadian couple at a five-star resort and are searching for a third suspect, Toronto reports say.

The bodies of Domenico Ianiero, 59, and his wife Annunziata, 55, were found early Monday in their hotel near Playa del Carmen, south of Cancun. The couple, from Woodbridge near Toronto, had their throats slashed.

The couple and more than a dozen other family members were in Mexico for the wedding of their daughter, who, according to the Toronto Star, was to have been married in a sunset ceremony on the beach Friday.

Mexican investigators say the two suspects are from Canada and flew home on Monday after the couple's murder. Police don't have a name or photo of the third suspect, the Star says.

The authorities say it was a professional, premeditated slaying, but a former Toronto homicide investigator told another newspaper that details released so far do not point to a professional hit.


Vaughan MP Maurizio Bevilacqua

"Having their throats slashed does not mean it was a professional hit," Mark Mendelson told the Toronto Sun. "There are a lot of spontaneous murders and crimes of passion where people have their throats cut. Most professional hits are done with guns.

"If they're professional, they must be brand new at it because they haven't covered their tracks very well."

Vaughan MP Maurizio Bevilacqua, whose riding includes Woodbridge, says he has spoken with one of the daughters of the slain couple.

"The family is obviously at a loss. They can't understand what has happened," he told CBC News on Friday.

Even though the RCMP has not officially been asked to investigate, there are reports that Canadian authorities are reviewing security video from Toronto's Pearson airport.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay says his department has been in touch with Mexican authorities.

Canadian foreign affairs officials say they have offered assistance to the family, but have not released any further information.