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Human remains found near border could be woman missing in Piedras Negras

October 24, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Human remains found near border could be woman missing in Piedras Negras

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Authorities in Piedras Negras, Coahuila are working to ascertain if the human remains discovered last week belong to a woman who has been missing for over two months. Recently, Piedras Negras has fallen victim to a sharp spike in kidnappings and murders as part of a brutal cartel war for control of the area.

Law enforcement officials recovered human remains in a rural area near the banks of the Rio Grande. Currently, Coahuila Attorney General’s Office (PGJE) investigators are trying to determine if the human remains are those of Claudia Montserrat Escobedo, 22, a resident who went missing under suspicious circumstances back in August.

Breitbart Texas reported that in late August, Escobedo had left her house to attend a party and never came home. Since then, authorities have interviewed Escobedo’s family and friends but have not been able to produce answers for her loved ones. The woman’s family members launched a Facebook page to gather support and spread awareness of her disappearance.

Escobedo’s disappearance occurred as Piedras Negras continues to be the target of a surge of crude violence that includes multiple unexplained disappearances as well as numerous murders.

In recent weeks, Piedras Negras’ residents have also reported the disappearances of 30-year-old Carlos Alberto Martinez, 12-year-old Yesica Lizbeth Villalba, and 27-year-old Mayra Yaneth Garza Flores. Their whereabouts continue to remain unknown.

Along with the disappearances, Piedras Negras has witnessed a wave of violent attacks and executions as rival factions of the Los Zetas continue to fight over control of the region and its lucrative drug trafficking territories.

Most recently, an 18-year-old teen was attacked by a team of gunmen and was blasted in the face with a shotgun. The teen managed to survive the attack but lost both eyes as a result. That ambush occurred just weeks after the Los Zetas killed a woman as she was walking out of a bar. Additionally, members of the Los Zetas executed a young couple and set their car on fire just steps away from the Texas border.

In Ciudad Acuña, another border city in Coahuila, cartel members with one faction of the Los Zetas cartel came close to capturing the top leader of another group during an audacious ambush. The attack occurred without the interference of law enforcement. The cartel boss fled the area, leaving his grandmother behind with the gunmen.

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