WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
- Three women from Texas who crossed the border into Mexico to sell clothes at a flea market are missing, and their fate is unknown.
- The women, two sisters, and a friend, haven’t been heard from in about two weeks, and their disappearance is under investigation by Mexican authorities.
- This comes after a separate case involving four US citizens who were abducted in Matamoros, Mexico, gained more publicity.
Three women from Texas, Maritza Trinidad Perez Rios, 47, Marina Perez Rios, 48, and their friend, Dora Alicia Cervantes Saenz, 53, have gone missing in Mexico after crossing the border to sell clothes at a flea market.
The women have not been heard from in about two weeks, and their disappearance has received relatively little publicity. The FBI has confirmed that they are aware of the situation, and Mexican authorities are investigating their disappearance.
The women crossed into Mexico on February 24th from Peñitas, a small border city in Texas near McAllen. They were traveling in a green mid-1990s Chevy Silverado to a flea market in the city of Montemorelos, in Nuevo Leon state, which is about a three-hour drive from the border.
The husband of one of the women spoke to her by phone while she was traveling in Mexico, but became concerned when he couldn’t reach her afterwards.
“Since he couldn’t make contact over that weekend, he came in that Monday and reported it to us,” said Peñitas Police Chief Roel Bermea.
The women haven’t been heard from since. The case comes after the abduction of four US citizens in Matamoros, Mexico, which received massive publicity. The four were traveling in a white minivan with North Carolina license plates when they came under fire shortly after entering the city from Brownsville.
“All four Americans were placed in a vehicle and taken from the scene by armed men,” said the FBI.
The bureau is offering a $50,000 reward for the victims’ return and the arrest of the kidnappers. The situation is still under investigation, and there are few details available at this time. However, it highlights the dangers that individuals face when traveling to certain areas in Mexico.
According to the US Department of State, “U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states.”