The boyfriend of a woman who was found ‘beaten to a bloody pulp’ in her Cancun hotel room has been arrested.
Sativa Transue, 26, from Milton, Washington, and her boyfriend Taylor Allen, 31, were staying in Mexico for the Thanksgiving holiday.
She was found unresponsive by a hotel worker on Saturday morning after the pair argued the night before.
Allen had been drinking heavily, according to local reports.
Transue had previously told family members he became a ‘different person’ with alcohol, turning into a ‘beast.’
Allen was pictured on Monday wearing a white hotel bathrobe standing for a police photo.
He has been charged with murder and is being held in a Mexican jail.
Sativa Transue, 26, (left) from Milton, Washington, and her boyfriend Taylor Allen, 31, (right) were staying in Mexico for the Thanksgiving holiday.
On Monday, local media published a photo of Allen wearing a white hotel bathrobe standing for a police photo. He has been charged with murder and is being held in a Mexican jail.
Text messages sent to a friend revealed the couple were drinking heavily on the holiday
Sativa’s sister Mykayla Bolieu told The Daily Beast: ‘She was enjoying the sunshine and her trip was going okay, but not the best, because they [Sativa and her boyfriend] were fighting.’
On Friday night, Sativa’s friends received worrying text messages from her saying that Allen had hurt her and left her needing stitches.
‘Apparently, [Sativa’s boyfriend] was threatening to jump off a four-story balcony,’ her mother Jayme Bolieu told The Daily Beast.
‘Sativa was injured and had to have stitches.’
Sativa’s friends were so worried about her that they called the police and the FBI the following morning to try and find her.
‘I received a call from the Mexican consulate letting me know my daughter has passed away and that she’s been found dead,’ Jayme told The Daily Beast.
‘How could my beautiful healthy daughter be gone? In another country? It took my breath away. A part of me died. She was my baby. I had her at 16. We grew up together. She was my life, my reason for living, my best friend.’
Photos on social media show Allen with his arms around Transue and the pair kissing each other
Sativa in a recent post from Facebook. Her sister Mykayla said: ‘She was the best person in my entire life. She was kind, generous, outgoing, bubbly. She never met a person who could say a bad word about her’
The distraught mother said her aunt had gone to Mexico as the family’s representative because she could not bear to see her daughter’s body.
‘My aunt is down there now and has seen the pictures and said she looked like she was beaten to death,’ she said, adding that it looked like she was beaten to a ‘bloody pulp.’
Jayme said that Allen was ‘very emotionally abusive’ and that they could not text her because he checked her phone or accessed her messages from a computer.
Court records showed Allen had previously been arrested for assault in 2012.
In a heartbreaking Facebook post on Saturday, Sativa’s sister Mykayla wrote: ‘Yesterday she was messaging me, showing me the views, snap chatting my daughter Amelia. She told me she wasn’t having the best trip, but she was enjoying the sun.
‘Last night she texted her friends, who are amazing by the way. She was in a fight with her boyfriend and they said she had to have stitches.
‘This morning her friends were so concerned for her well being that they not only went to the police but then to the FBI to try to help my sister.
‘Unfortunately we got the call around 9 am that she passed.
‘We know last we heard her boyfriend is in jail in Mexico, and I hope he gets what he deserves.
‘We know that we want justice for our sweet Sativa, and we are taking the steps to get answers.
‘I know that my sister will never get to be the maid of honor at my wedding someday. I know that she’ll never get her own wedding. I know that I’ll never hear that contagious laugh again. I know that my sister was taken from us too soon.’
In another post on Wednesday, she wrote: ‘These will never get easier. But Sativa absolutely would’ve wanted her story out there, even if it just helps save one girl. I will never stop being her voice.
‘Taylor Allen has been charged with Femicide and is now in Mexican prison awaiting a hearing for his sentence. His lawyer is having my sister’s body and belongings held for 3 more days.
‘We can’t even bring my sister home to give her peace. I will never understand why this happened to my sister, but I’m beyond amazed at the outpour of love we’ve received for her. And I’m glad we’re on track to getting my sister the justice she deserves.’
A celebration of Sativa’s life is being held in Spokane on December 11.
The State Department said: ‘We can confirm the death of a U.S. citizen, Sativa Transue, in Mexico. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family on their loss.
‘The safety and welfare of U.S. citizens overseas is the highest priority of the Department of State. We are closely monitoring local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death and are providing the family all appropriate consular assistance.’