Tonight added our 2nd and 3rd U.S. Military Veterans who have gone missing in the Mexican State of Tamaulipas, Mexico. You can see the profiles for the three Veterans, plus any others that we add in the future on this page which narrows the list Missing Veterans to those Veterans missing in Mexico.
Armando Torres III went missing On May 14, 2013. Armando was reportedly kidnapped by gunmen near the U.S. Mexico Border in the Mexican State of Tamaulipas. Armando is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.
Brothers Ernesto and Jesus Garcia, both U.S. Military Veterans, went missing on February 2, 2015 in the Mexican city of Matamoros which is in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Ernesto and Jesus are both U.S. Army Veterans.
A news report from Fox News Latino states that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is currently taking part in the search for Ernesto and Jesus Garcia. It does not help that this area is riddled with violence and gun battles have been taking place this past week in Matamoros and other towns along the Rio Grande that have claimed 15 lives.
The U.S. Consulate in Matamoros has issued an Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens titled “Expect Continued Violence in Northern Tamaulipas“. The message starts out with:
Please be advised that there is a likelihood of increased violence in the Matamoros vicinity, reportedly between the Matamoros and Reynosa factions of the Gulf Cartel. Violence has spiked over the past few days and there have been numerous reports of large convoys of armed members of Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO) driving through Matamoros, including on Division Del Norte, Lauro Villar, Canales, Periferico, and near the entrance to the Veterans International Bridge. While daytime convoys of armed TCO members are not necessarily unusual for Matamoros, the amount of violence that has resulted from gun battles between these rival factions is cause for increased vigilance.
Due to the likelihood of increased violence in the Matamoros vicinity, American Consulate staff has been advised to restrict travel from home to work only until further notice. Be mindful of your surroundings and the vehicles driving next to you. Social media has reported that vehicles marked with “escorpion,” “M3,” “XX,” “900,” or “C7” written on them are involved in these activities…. [read the rest]
If you have the means to help spread the word about our Missing Veterans which were last seen in Mexico, please do so. We have pages with profiles that are continually updated as we receive or research information. Links to their pages can be found below. If you have family or friends that are planning a trip to Tamaulipas, urge them to check the Consulate’s webpage and read the latest messages.
- Armando Torres III – http://www.missingveterans.com/2013/armando-torres-iii/
- Ernesto Garcia – http://www.missingveterans.com/2015/ernesto-garcia/
- Jesus Garcia – http://www.missingveterans.com/2015/jesus-garcia/