American man is feared to be among call center victims whose remains were found in 45 bags in Mexican ravine
The Jalisco State Attorney General’s Office said Thursday the remains found in 45 bags match some of the bodies of the seven missing workers
The workers disappeared from two call centers between May 20 and 22
The staff reportedly worked at two illegal centers that targeted and sold and rented illegal time shares to American retirees
FBI revealed in March that the criminal group had scammed about 600 individuals out of $39.6 million through fraudulently selling or renting their time shares in 2022
Last weekend, Agents from the Jalisco AG’s office searched the two call centers, located under one mile of each other
Agents recovered hard drives; USB sticks; computers and documents related to the sale and rental of time shares
Agents also found blackboards with the names of foreign customers, sales goals and membership information
The centers is believed to have been under investigation led by U.S. authorities
The forensic team is yet to determine actual number of victims and their identities
US citizen, Carlos Valladolid, [photo], is believed to be among seven workers from two call centers in Jalisco, western Mexico who disappeared last week. Jalisco AG’s office has announced remains found in 45 bags Tuesday match characteristics of some workers
Humans remains that were found at the bottom of a ravine in the western Mexico state of Jalisco last week, have characteristics that match some of the bodies of seven people, including an American, who were kidnapped from two illegal call centers in the state.
Seven employees at two call centers were reported missing between May 20 and 22, in the metropolitan area of Guadalajara.
The gruesome discovery of bodies in 45 bags was made Tuesday at the bottom of a 120-foot ravine in a remote area located between the Zapopan neighborhoods of Mirador Escondido and Potrero de La Coronilla, the State Attorney General’s Office revealed Thursday.
Forensic experts have yet to determine the number of victims and their identities.
Killing fields: A helicopter extracts bags filled with human remains from the bottom of a ravine in the western Mexico state of Jalisco on Tuesday. A total of 45 trash bags filled with human remains were recovered.
The AG’s office said in a press release statement Thursday that investigators had ‘cross-checked information that coincided with the physical characteristics of some of the young people who remain missing after they disappeared between May 20 and 22.
Officials from the prosecutor’s office met with families of the missing staff on Thursday, are now waiting for the Jalisco Institute of Forensic Sciences to confirm the identities of the bodies that were found.
Firefighters and civil defense used a helicopter to airlift some of the remains from the 140-foot-deep Mirador del Bosque gorge is expected to continue the recovery operation in the coming days.
Mexican authorities investigating the case of seven employees who had been reported missing last week from two call centers in the town of Zapopan, were acting on a tip when they came across the body parts.
Authorities and the forensic team in white lab suits gather around garbage bags filled with human remains in Jalisco, Tuesday
The meeting apparently took place after the families learned through social that their loved ones may have been found.
‘We were not notified of the finding, thanks to social networks we found out,’ Beatriz Robles, the sister of missing worker, Arturo Robles, told Milenio News network.
‘I stay strong, I try to stay calm, she added. ‘We have now become family because of the disappearance, they should see the mothers.’
The employees whose remains may be among the recovered batch were identified by the Jalisco State Attorney General’s Office as Arturo Robles, 30, Carlos García, 31, Jorge Moreno, 28, Jesús Salazar, 37, US citizens Carlos Valladolid, 23, and his sister, Mexican national Itzel Valladolid, 27.
All of them worked at the call center located in the Jardines Vallarta neighborhood.
Two emergency service workers carry a bag with human remains as they are air lifted from the ravine
Carlos García [photo], 31, was the first of the seven workers who were reported missing when he did not return home on May 20
27-year-old call center employee Itzel Valladolid, has not been seen since May 22 , after workers were abducted from two illegal call centers in Jalisco.
Itzel and her brother, Arizona native Carlos Valladolid, 23, left their home the Mexican western state of Jalisco to work at a call center that may be part of several being investigated led by the United States Department of Treasury.
The Jalisco State Attorney General’s Office said the center reportedly targeted retired Americans and Canadians with the rental and sale of fraudulent time shares.
The FBI revealed in March, that the criminal group had scammed about 600 individuals out of $39.6 million through fraudulently selling or renting their time shares in 2022.
27-year-old call center employee Itzel Valladolid [photo], has not been seen since May 22 , after workers were abducted from two illegal call centers in Jalisco
US citizen Carlos Valladolid, 23, moved to Mexico eight months ago to live at the family home in the municipality of El Arenal.
Carlos and his sister Itzel traveled together to the call center and never made it back to their residence before they were reported missing by their mother, Elizabeth Hernández.
Hernández told Milenio news network that they were scheduled to leave work at 4:00 pm on May 22 and noticed that their phones had been shut off since 4:15 pm.
‘We need them back now, we are very hurt,’ Hernández said of her missing children.
‘We really need the support of all the people who know something and that the information is true.’
Mexican authorities searched one of the two clandestine call centers who targeted retirees in the United States and sold fraudulent time shares to them. Some of the bodies authorities believe, were employees of the shops
Arturo Robles is one of two call center workers who disappeared in Zapopan, Mexico, on May 22
Jesús Salazar is one of seven call center workers who disappeared during a span of seven days in the western Mexico city of Zapopan
Mayra Velázquez, 29, who was also reported missing, worked at a call center in the La Estancia neighborhood.
The Jalisco State Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that an eighth call center worker, identified as Juan Antonio, 34, went missing May 22 after he left his home for work at the Jardines Vallarta site.
The victims are said to have worked at a call center that may be linked to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, El Universal newspaper reported this week.
Jalisco State Attorney General, Luis Méndez, said the missing workers were employed for two or three months.
29-year-old Mayra Velázquez, [photo], who is also missing, reportedly was investigated for fraud in 2016
Call center worker Jorge Moreno was last seen on May 22, the same day two other coworkers failed to return home from the work
His office also revealed that the call centers could be among several that were placed under investigation by the United States Department of Treasury in April after six members of the cartel were sanctioned for their role in a scam that targeted senior U.S and Canada residents through the sale and rental of time shares.
Last weekend, agents from Mendez’s office searched the two call centers – located under one mile of each other – and found hard drives; USB sticks; computers, documents related to the sale and rental of time shares; and blackboards that contained the names of foreign customers, sales goals and membership information.
Among the other items recovered was a cloth with red stain believed to have been blood.