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Canadian stabbed to death in Vallarta

A Canadian citizen found dead while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta last month was stabbed 23 times, investigators revealed on Tuesday.

The body of Duane Joseph Lang, 46, was discovered by his landlord on July 30. He had been renting an apartment at Francisco I. Madero 498, in the Emiliano Zapata neighborhood, since May.

Puerto Vallarta police spokesman Adan Leyva said friends asked his landlord to check up on Lang after he stopped answering his phone for several days.

Upon entering the apartment, the landlord discovered Lang lying face-up in a pool of blood in the bedroom, Leyva said. There was evidence of a struggle and the lights were still on, suggesting the attack took place at night or in the early morning.

The body was already in a state of decomposition, causing a strong odor, and an autopsy revealed Lang had been dead for 48-72 hours. The police do not have any suspects.

Lang ran an insurance company with his father Joe, and his sister Les, and frequently visited Mexico over the years.

He was an active member of the gay community in his native Regina, Canada. Puerto Vallarta is considered Mexico’s gay capital and Lang was the third gay man to be murdered there this year.

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