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Authorities investigating kidnapping of Spanish national in Mexican border state of Tamaulipas

July 21, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities investigating kidnapping of Spanish national in Mexican border state of Tamaulipas

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Mexican authorities are investigating the disappearance of a 34-year-old Spanish woman who was reportedly kidnapped in early July in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.

Officials confirmed the investigation into the abduction of 34-year-old Maria Pilar Garrido Santamans in a statement to the Efe News Agency on Friday.

The Spanish national, who hails from the town of Massalaves, Valencia, Spain was visiting the coastal city of La Pesca, Tamaulipas with her husband and 1-year-old son.

According to Milenio, the family moved to Mexico 3-years-ago, where Garrido ran a small business.

The Spanish woman was reported kidnapped in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas on July 2nd.

Prior to moving to Mexico, Garrido Santamans worked as a journalist since 2001 with several Spanish publications and also as a news producer, Breitbart Texas reported.

According to Alberto Rodr√≠guez, the Tamaulipas state security spokesman, the victim’s husband filed a police report hours after the alleged abduction on July 2nd.

The report says the family had returned to the Tamaulipas state capital of Ciudad Victoria after spending several days at the beach when several armed men intercepted their vehicle and took Garrido Santamans at gunpoint.

The husband said they were forced to deviate from the main roadway due to construction when they noticed an SUV following them.

Three gunmen allegedly opened fire on the couple’s car forcing them to come to a stop before taking the woman hostage, but leaving her husband and child behind.

Tamaulipas authorities publicly denounced reports on social media indicating that investigators had discovered the woman’s blood in the couple’s car, suggesting that police were looking at the husband as a possible suspect.

Officials maintained that her husband is a witness and is fully cooperating with the investigation.

Maria Pilar Garrido Santamans was returning after visiting the coastal town of La Pesca with her husband and their one-year-old son when she was reportedly kidnapped (Facebook)

The roadway where the abduction reportedly took place in the municipality of Soto La Marina, is a corridor connecting to the port city of Tampico located near the Texas coast, where the Zetas and Gulf Cartels are known to operate.

Sources told El Mundo that investigators have not received any ransom demands.

Mexican officials say authorities have conducted several searches of the surrounding area using ground and air units.

Tamaulipas remains one of the most dangerous regions of Mexico with one of the highest rates of kidnappings.

A U.S. State Department travel alert remains in effect urging all U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to the border state.

The travel warning says: “The number of reported kidnappings in Tamaulipas is among the highest in Mexico. State and municipal law enforcement capacity remain limited to nonexistent in many parts of Tamaulipas.”

“Violent criminal activity occurs more frequently along the northern border, where organized crime groups target public and private passenger buses traveling through Tamaulipas. These groups sometimes take all passengers hostage and demand ransom payments.”

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