Two of the four U.S. citizens who went missing after a violent kidnapping in Mexico last week have been found dead, according to Mexican authorities.
Two of the victims have also been found alive, however.
Tamaulipas Gov. Américo Villarreal said that one of the surviving U.S. citizens was wounded and the other was not.
The office of the attorney general for the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, Irving Barrios, said: “Derived from the joint search actions, the four American citizens deprived of their liberty last Friday were found.
“Unfortunately, two dead.
“Investigation and intelligence work continue to capture those responsible.
“Details will be given later,” he revealed.
“Investigation and intelligence work continues to capture those responsible.”
Fox News reporter Bill Melugin said:
“Two of the four Americans who were fired upon & kidnapped by gunmen in Matamoros, MX have been found dead, according to the governor of Tamaulipas.
“The two others were found alive, one of whom is wounded, he says.
“Matamoros is controlled by the Gulf Cartel.”
BREAKING: Two of the four Americans who were fired upon & kidnapped by gunmen in Matamoros, MX have been found dead, according to the governor of Tamaulipas. The two others were found alive alive, one of whom is wounded, he says. Matamoros is controlled by the Gulf Cartel.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) March 7, 2023
— The Times and The Sunday Times (@thetimes) March 7, 2023
Four Americans were shot at and kidnapped by cartel members in Matamoros, MX. Take a look at the kidnapping that occurred in BROAD DAYLIGHT on the US-Mexico border: pic.twitter.com/6SQLlGZtQ9
— Steve Hanke (@steve_hanke) March 6, 2023
According to CNN:
The four Americans were a tight-knit group of friends traveling from South Carolina so one of them – a mother of six – could undergo a medical procedure across the border, two family members told CNN.
Latavia “Tay” Washington McGee, 33, drove to Mexico with Shaeed Woodard, Zindell Brown, and their friend Eric for the procedure, but she never made it to her doctor’s appointment on Friday, her mother Barbara Burgess told CNN.
On Sunday, Burgess said she was informed by the FBI that her daughter had been kidnapped and was in danger.
“They said, if she calls me, to call them,” she said.