Sat. Mar 25th, 2023

PEÑITAS, Texas — Two sisters from Texas and a good friend are lacking in Mexico after they crossed the border final month to promote garments at a flea market, U.S. authorities stated Friday.

The kidnapping of 4 Individuals in Mexico that was caught on video final week obtained an avalanche of consideration and was resolved in a matter of days. However the destiny of the three ladies, who haven’t been heard from in about two weeks, stays a thriller and has garnered comparatively little publicity.

The FBI stated Friday it’s conscious that two sisters from Peñitas, a small border metropolis in Texas close to McAllen, and their good friend have gone lacking. Peñitas Police Chief Roel Bermea stated their households have been in contact with Mexican authorities, who’re investigating their disappearance.

Past that, officers within the U.S. and Mexico haven’t stated a lot about their pursuit of Maritza Trinidad Perez Rios, 47; Marina Perez Rios, 48; and their good friend, Dora Alicia Cervantes Saenz, 53.

The episode stands in stark distinction to the federal government and media frenzy over the kidnapping of 4 Individuals on a highway journey to Mexico for cosmetic surgery. They have been caught in a drug cartel shootout within the border metropolis of Matamoros, and video confirmed them being hauled off in a pickup truck. The 2 survivors have been discovered Tuesday in a wood shack close to the Gulf coast.

U.S. Customs and Border Safety says the three ladies crossed into Mexico on Feb. 24, a Friday, in accordance with Bermea. Peñitas is only a few hundred toes from the Rio Grande River.

The husband of one of many ladies spoke to her by telephone whereas she was touring in Mexico, the police chief stated, however grew involved when he couldn’t attain her afterward.

“Since he couldn’t make contact over that weekend, he got here in that Monday and reported it to us,” Bermea stated. The three ladies haven’t been heard from since.

Bermea stated the ladies have been touring in a inexperienced mid-Nineties Chevy Silverado to a flea market within the metropolis of Montemorelos, in Nuevo Leon state. It’s a couple of three-hour drive from the border. Officers on the state prosecutor’s workplace stated they’ve been investigating the ladies’s disappearance since Monday.

This week’s huge seek for the 4 kidnapped Individuals concerned squads of Mexican troopers and Nationwide Guard troops. However for many of the 112,000 Mexicans lacking nationwide, the one ones in search of them are their determined family members.

Authorities additionally lack manpower, tools and coaching — issues are so dangerous that authorities aren’t even in a position to determine tens of hundreds of our bodies which have been discovered.

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