Authorities in Mexico are investigating the disappearance of three women from Texas who have been missing for just over three weeks. The women, Marina Perez Rios, 48, Maritza Trinidad Perez Rios, 47, and their friend, Dora Alicia Cervantes Saenz, 53, were en route to a flea market in Montemorelos, in the state of Nuevo Leon, located in the northeast region of the country. Although authorities have yet to make any meaningful progress in locating the women, family members are holding out hope that the sisters and their friend will be found.
According to Maria Guadalupe Ramirez, 27, the daughter of one of the missing sisters, they have been in contact with Mexican authorities, but little information has been shared about the ongoing investigation. She told KRGV-TV in Weslaco, Texas that they are waiting for the three women to come back home. The sisters live in Peñitas, a small Texas border city near McAllen and are legal residents. Their friend Saenz resides in Mexico.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a statement indicating that, although they are aware of the case, they cannot comment on the investigation. However, the agency did state that it ‘relentlessly pursues all options when it comes to protecting the American people and this doesn’t change when they are endangered across the border.’ It is not clear whether the FBI is actively involved in the search for the missing women.
In light of this case, Mexicans are once again reminded of the numerous missing persons cases that plague the country. While other cases involving missing Americans in Mexico have had successful outcomes, it has been through the deployment of numerous military and National Guard troops. However, for the 112,000 missing Mexicans nationwide, finding them usually falls to their desperate relatives.
The relatives of the missing sisters say they have been relying on faith and the hope that the group will be found safe and sound. These three women add to the significant number of missing persons cases in Mexico and beyond, leaving those who care for them in a constant state of anxiety and despair.