An American woman has been missing since early February after she was “kidnapped from her residence” in Mexico. Maria del Carmen Lopez was last seen at her Pueblo Nuevo home on February 9, according to local police. She is the fourth American to go missing in Mexico in recent weeks, with three other women also disappearing after travelling in from Texas.
The FBI’s Los Angeles headquarters is now offering up to $20,000 for any information helping lead investigators to her “physical location.”
Lopez, a mother of seven, often travelled between her home in Mexico and Southern California, where several of her children still live.
Her son Tony said: “We’re doing everything we can still. We’re not gonna give up on my mom.
“We’re gonna find her, one way or another.”
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Tony’s sister Zonia said their mother had not reported anything suspicious before going missing.
She said relatives had seen as many as five people at her mother’s home before Lopez disappeared.
Zonia said: “Someone did see. There was a car that drove into the property. There was an exchange of words, they did hear her say she would not get into the car.
“Two individuals picked her up and another one came out of the van. They had their heads covered and they covered her mouth and that’s when they took her.”
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She told CBS Los Angeles: “There was never any sort of threats, there was never any enemies.
“Anything that would indicate that she was in any kind of trouble.”
Lopez’s disappearance came weeks before three other American women disappeared after travelling to Mexico to attend a local fair three hours away from the Texas home.
Sisters Maritza Trinidad Perez Rios and Marina Perez Rios, and friend Dora Alicia Cervantes Saenz were last heard from their families at the end of February.
Relatives have expressed concerns will “give up” and stop searching for the women.
Maritza’s daughter Maria Guadalupe Ramirez told KRGV: “We are waiting for them to come back home.
“I hope they don’t give up on my mom and on my tia [aunt] and on Dora because we are waiting for them to come back home.”
Texas has issued a warning to Americans considering travelling to Mexico in the coming weeks to avoid the area amid a surge of violent activity and kidnappings.
The FBI said they were unable to comment on the ongoing investigation but insisted the bureau “relentlessly pursues all options when it comes to protecting the American people, and this doesn’t change when they are endangered across the border.”
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