Bodies found where 3 Texans missing

Published: Thursday 30th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Four bodies were found near the Mexican border city of Matamaros, close to where where three young Americans went missing more than two weeks ago.

Tamaulipas state investigator Raul Galindo Vira would only confirm that four bodies had been recovered and declined to discuss who they might be.

Investigators were trying to determine if the dead include three siblings from Progreso, Texas, who disappeared with a fourth person on October 13.

The news came as Mexico’s president met parents of 43 teachers college students for the first time since they disappeared more than a month ago after a confrontation with police in a southern city.

The authorities yesterday a sked the siblings’ father what they were wearing when they disappeared, mother Raquel Alvarado said.

She said witnesses saw armed men take her daughter, Erica Alvarado Rivera, 26, and her sons, Alex, 22, and Jose Angel, 21, in El Control, a small town near the Texas border west of Matamoros. The three were visiting their father in Mexico.

Ms Alvarado said her daughter, the mother of four children, was with her boyfriend and brothers at a roadside restaurant when men started pushing the couple.

The brothers tried to intervene, but all four were taken away by armed men who witnesses said identified themselves as Grupo Hercules, a police security unit for Matamoros city officials.

The men were travelling in military-style trucks, and Ms Alvarado said witnesses also saw highway police “but no one did anything”.

Martha Hernandez, who raised 32-year-old Jose Guadalupe Castaneda Benitez, Erica Alvarado’s boyfriend, since he was aged three, waited outside police offices in Matamoros for any word on his whereabouts.

She said no one had told her until she arrived that four bodies had been found.

Ms Hernandez said: ” We will keep searching. They can’t just disappear. We are going to be like in Guerrero.”

She was referring to the southern state of Guerrero, where the disappearance of the 43 students on September 26 at the hands of police has touched off a national controversy in Mexico.

Demonstrators demanding authorities do more have marched in Guerrero as well as Mexico City and Acapulco, and protests have sometimes turned violent, as happened yesterday in Guerrero’s capital, Chilpancingo.

Authorities say police in the Guerrero city of Iguala attacked the students on orders from the mayor because of fears the students planned to disrupt a speech by the mayor’s wife.

Officers allegedly turned the students over to the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel. In a month of searching the area, including combing a ravine outside a nearby town, the authorities have discovered several clandestine mass graves but no sign of the students.

President Enrique Pena Nieto held a closed-door meeting yesterday with parents of the missing students.

The parents were inside the Los Pinos presidential residence for more than six hours.

At one point human rights officials said the meeting had concluded but the parents were refusing to leave until the president signed a document that would satisfy everyone.

Published: Thursday 30th October 2014 by The News Editor

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