Missing recent medical school graduate from Arkansas has been found safe in Mexico, but his friend who was out celebrating with him was found, shot dead
Dr Jesse Pacheco, 29, has been found safe and has returned to the U.S. after going missing from a nightclub in Guadalajara on the night of June 15
The body of his friend, fellow American Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero,who was also a student at at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara’s medical school was found dead in a nearby street
Romero was shot with an AK-47-style rifle, Guadalajara police said
Mexican authorities feared that Pacheco who was missing for five days, might have been kidnapped
Jalisco’s governor confirmed that Pacheco was safe and back in the U.S. with his family
Dr. Jesse Pacheco, from Arkansas, [photo], went missing from a nightclub in Guadalajara on the night of June 15 and stayed missing for five days
A recent medical school graduate and Arkansas native who went missing in Mexico is believed to be safe, Mexican officials said Saturday.
Jesse Pacheco, 29, completed his studies at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara’s medical school last weekend and planned to return to the United States this past week,
However he disappeared after leaving a nightclub in the Providencia neighborhood after midnight last Saturday. A friend of his from the university who was with him was later found dead.
Mexican authorities initially said they believed Pacheco was a kidnapping victim connected to his friend’s death.
Mexican authorities feared that Pacheco might have been kidnapped prior to being located.
However Enrique Alfaro, the state of Jalisco’s governor, said in Spanish on Friday that Pacheco had been found safe and was returning to the United States.
He tweeted: ‘It is also important to say that Jessy Pacheco, the American student reported missing, is safe and sound.
‘He left for the city of Dallas a few hours ago, accompanied by his mother.’
Pacheco’s brother, Carlos Robles Franco, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: ‘Yes sir! Glory to God. He’s alive.’
Witnesses said a group travelling in a red car had assaulted Delgadillo, shot him and then drove away, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Authorities discovered a black cellphone, one tennis shoe, two cigarette butts and five shell casings, according to local news reports.
Jesse Pacheco from Fort Smith, Arkansas had wanted to become a doctor for many years. Police in Mexico said there was no known motive for the attack against Pacheco and Romero, the friends are both American citizens
Witnesses said a group travelling in a red car had assaulted American medical student, Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero, [photo], shot him and then drove away
Police in Mexico said there was no known motive for the attack against the friends, who are both American citizens.
There have been no arrests in Romero’s death or Pacheco’s alleged kidnapping.
However investigators interviewed at least nine witnesses and gathered the names of over 100 people who work in the area, said Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez, the state prosecutor of Jalisco.
Witnesses said a group travelling in a red car had assaulted Delgadillo, shot him and then drove away.
Romero ‘was taken by a group that beat him and shot him with a pistol, which killed him,’ Gomez is reported as saying by NBC News.
‘The businesses nearby evacuated all their clients and closed down, to not get involved with this incident.’
Law enforcement officials in the state of Jalisco believed that Pacheco had been the victim of a crime, but they struggled to collect information. Many people who live and work in the neighborhood were reluctant to testify.
Workers at a convenience store did speak, however, telling police that Delgadillo had purchased cigarettes shortly before his death. As he waited for an Uber that was on its way, the occupants of a red vehicle shot him and then fled, witnesses said.
Romero was also studying with Pacheco at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara’s medical school. NBC reported that his aunt identified his body after it was sent home to the family.