Zacatecas, Zach. National Guard members located at an abandoned property in the Zacatecan municipality of Tepetongo, the vehicle in which three Jalisco women and an American man were traveling, on December 25, when they were allegedly stopped by members of organized crime, and whose disappearance has provoked protests from his family and friends in the cities of Guadalajara and Zacatecas.
Through its spokesperson, the Zacatecas State Attorney General’s Office (FGJEZ) confirmed to this newspaper the location of an abandoned van “with characteristics similar to the motor unit in which the 4 youths from Jalisco were traveling, not to be located gave information”.
At the same time, government sources informed the medium that the discovery of the vehicle took place on Monday evening, and this Tuesday, experts from the Zacatecan Prosecutor’s Office carried out expert work to recover more criminal evidence in the area located in the vicinity. to continue. Of the rural community of “El Quidado”, which is located 109 kilometers southwest of the capital of Zacatecas, and which is accessible through the town of Viboras, municipality of Tetetongo.
At that location, it is believed, was a narco camp, as the National Guard also located another abandoned vehicle, and beside it was a corpse, FGJEZ reported, “apparently dressed in clothing of the male gender (sic).” with tactical type”.
According to the official version announced by the relatives of the four disappeared, they were abducted by members of organized crime on the night of last Sunday, December 25, when they were traveling along Federal Highway No. 23 near the municipality of Tetetongo. The area is steeped in a violent feud between members of the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Nueva Generation Cartel for the transfer of drugs, human trafficking and other criminal activities.
The four missing – who were traveling together in the same vehicle at the time of their disappearance – are sisters Daniela and Viviana Marquez Pichardo, aged 31 and 26, as well as their cousin, Irma Paola Vargas Montoya, 27 are of. All three are originally from Colotlan, Jalisco, as well as Jose Melesio Gutierrez Padilla, 36, a US citizen and Daniela’s fiancé.
Based on direct testimony given to the media by their parents during their protest march, the four victims of this disappearance traveled to the city of Jerez, Zacatecas, on 25 December, and were preparing to return at night . ,
The last communication with their family was from an intermediate point when one of the women shared a screenshot of their location from her cell phone while they were traveling along Federal Highway No. 23, as they left the community. Crossed Viboras, Tetetongo municipality.
According to the same authorities, in that border area between Zacatecas and Jalisco – where a dozen municipalities of both entities are adjacent because of their biographies – at least 30 people have disappeared who were traveling in their vehicles from the said place. Were, only from there till the date of December. In other kidnappings of civilians, on September 2, J. Refugio Robles Guyton, a nurse originally from the city of Guadalupe—in the metropolitan area of Zacatecas’ capital—had been making an overnight trip since Sunday, where she works at the community hospital. Since then “Kuko” has been missing, and her relatives, as well as her allies in the health sector, have held at least three protests demanding her location from the authorities, without any success.
On a related issue, this Tuesday, the Permanent Commission of the Zacatecas State Congress urged the state and federal governments to take immediate action to return “security, peace and tranquility to Zacatecas”.
PVEM deputy Georgia Fernanda Herrera regretted during Tuesday’s session that “in the eyes of the world, Mexico is a country at war, the governments of the United States, Germany, China and Canada have continued violence and insecurity to their citizens. Alerts those traveling to our country, alerting them of the risks of traveling due to COVID-19, and recommending that they take precautions against crime or not visit certain areas, unfortunately mentioning 14 states including Zacatecas Do it.
For this reason, the deputy proposed, in its point of agreement – unanimously-, to urge President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, “to nominate a greater number of members of the National Guard so that a frontal and resolute defense against insecurity Let the fighting arise that survives in the state of Zacatecas and that every day does more damage to the peace and tranquility.