Two Texas sisters and a friend disappeared into Mexico after they crossed the border last month to sell clothes at a flea market, US authorities said Friday.
TheThat video caught on last week and got an avalanche of attention . But the fate of the three women, who have not been heard from for nearly two weeks, remains a mystery.
The FBI said Friday that it is aware of the disappearance of two sisters and their friend from Pennitas, a small Texas border town near McAllen. Penitas Police Chief Roel Barmea said the family has contacted Mexican authorities, who are investigating their disappearance.
Beyond that, officials in the United States and Mexico have not said much about their pursuit of Maritza Trinidad Perez Rios, 47; Marina Perez Rios, 48; and their friend, Dora Alicia Cervantes Saenz, 53.
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The episode stands in stark contrast to the government and media frenzy over the kidnapping of four Americans on a road trip to Mexico for plastic surgery. They were caught in a drug cartel shootout in the border city of Matamoros and featured on video. Two survivors were found in a wooden shack near the Gulf Coast on Tuesday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the three women entered Mexico on Friday, Feb. 24, according to Barmia. Penitas is only a few hundred feet from the Rio Grande River.
A woman’s husband spoke to her on the phone while traveling in Mexico, the police chief said, but later grew concerned when he couldn’t reach her.
“Since he could not be contacted that weekend, he came that Monday and reported to us,” Barmea said. The three women have not been heard from since.
Barmea said the women were traveling in a mid-1990s green Chevy Silverado to a flea market in the city of Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon state. About three hours drive from the border. Officials from the state prosecutor’s office said they had been investigating the woman’s disappearance since Monday.
Comprehensive search for this weekSquads of Mexican soldiers and National Guard soldiers are involved. But for most of the 112,000 missing Mexicans nationwide, the only ones looking for them are their desperate relatives.
The authorities also lack manpower, equipment and training – things are so bad that the authorities are not even able to identify thousands of dead bodies.