FBI offers $20,000 reward for information about American woman, 63, abducted from her home in Mexico by kidnappers wearing hoods and urge U.S citizens to stay away
Feds warn Americans to Stay away after yet another American is abducted in Mexico
FBI offers $20,000 reward for information leading to her whereabouts of María del Carmen López
López, 63, was abducted from her home in the western Mexican state of Colima on Feb 9
Witnesses saw the victim forcefully abducted in the city of Pueblo Nuevo by multiple individuals wearing hoods, who came in a truck
López holds dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship and regularly traveled between Los Angeles and Pueblo Nuevo
The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of an American woman who was kidnapped in the western Mexico state of Colima on February 9.
María del Carmen López, 63, has been missing since she was taken by force from her home in the Colima municipality of Pueblo Nuevo, the FBI’s Los Angeles field office announced Thursday.
Zonia López, one of the missing woman’s seven children, told NBC4 that neighbors witnessed the moment she was abducted by several individuals who had their faces covered.
‘They got off of the truck, they had hoods on their heads and they exchanged some words,’ she said. ‘They said they did hear my mom say and plead that she was not going to go with them.’
Zonia López said, the people who kidnapped her mom sent a video in which her mother appears begging her loved ones to pay a ransom secure her freedom. The ransom amount demanded by the kidnappers has not been confirmed.
She also shared on Facebook a poster the FBI put out with three images of her mother and urged the public to provide information that would help authorities locate her.
Her mother, who was born in Mexico, regularly shuttled back and forth between Los Angeles and Colima. Her husband was attending a doctor’s appointment in Los Angeles when she was kidnapped.
‘We need our mother back! We need your help!’ Zonia López wrote.
‘We need our mother back.’
News of María del Carmen López kidnapping comes as the U.S. State Department warned Americans against traveling to Mexico for spring break.
‘U.S. citizens should exercise increased caution in the downtown areas of popular spring break locations including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum, especially after dark,’ the warning read.
The State Department also raised the alert that U.S. citizens ‘have become seriously ill or died in Mexico after using synthetic drugs or adulterated prescription pills.’
Four Americans were kidnapped March 3 by Gulf Cartel members who allegedly confused them with Haitian smugglers in the Mexican northeastern border town of Matamoros.
Latavia McGee, who traveled there for a liposuction, and Eric James were rescued from a stash house four days later. McGee’s cousin, Shaeed Woodward, and Zindell Brown, were found dead inside the property.
Sisters Maritza Trinidad Perez Rios, 47, and Marina Perez Rios, 48, both of Peñitas, Texas, and their friend, Dora Alicia Cervantes Saenz, 53, vanished in Mexico on February 24.
The trio who had driven across the border to sell clothes at a flea market in Montemorelos, Nuevo León, remain missing.
The husband of one of the women spoke to her by phone while she was traveling in Mexico, but grew concerned when he couldn’t reach her afterwards.
The three women are among the 550 Americans who have been reported missing in Mexico, according to public records.
A total of 112,000 people remain missing in the country.
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