TX mom, dozens of others missing along Mexico’s ‘highway of death’

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TX mom, dozens of others missing along Mexico's 'highway of death'

Seventy-one people have disappeared this year from a troubled stretch of Mexican road locals call the “highway of death” — including a Texas mom and her two children, officials said.

At least half a dozen of the missing along the highway between Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo at the Mexican border are from the US, authorities said.

On June 13, Gladys Perez Sanchez, of Laredo, Texas, disappeared with her 16-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter while returning from a visit with relatives in Sabina Hidalgo, according to a bulletin issued by the FBI in San Antonio.

Information on Gladys Perez Sanchez and her two children who all went missing on the highway in Mexico.
Information on Gladys Perez Sanchez and her two children who all went missing on the highway in Mexico.
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Police officers patrolling the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo freeway to prevent any further kidnappings or assaults.
Police officers patrolling the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo freeway to prevent any further kidnappings or assaults on June 27, 2021.
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The disappearances are believed to be tied to drug gangs in the region, particularly a turf war between the Jalisco and Northeast cartels, said Karla Quintana, head of Mexico’s National Search Commission.

In recent months, about a half-dozen men who were abducted along the highway have resurfaced — badly beaten but alive, activists said.

But Quintana said authorities hold out little hope that most of the missing will be found, given the cartels’ propensity for burning bodies.

Family members putting up signs for missing relatives in Monterrey, Mexico.
Family members putting up signs for missing relatives in Monterrey, Mexico.
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People protesting the local government to take action on the kidnappings and attacks from the cartel in Monterrey, Mexico.
People protesting for the local government to take action on the kidnappings and attacks from the cartel in Monterrey, Mexico.
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She said earlier this week that authorities had found “a place of extermination” farther east where half a ton of bone fragments were dug up.

“It’s no longer between the cartels,” Mexican activist Angelica Orozco told the Associated Press. “They are attacking the public.”

With Post wires

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