MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities confirmed on Friday the death of a Spanish woman who went missing in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas early last month.
Skeletal remains found on July 26 in the municipality of Villa de Casas, near the spot where Pilar Garrido was last seen, are those of the 34-year-old woman, according to tests comparing the DNA of the remains with that of her family members, the Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office said in a statement.
The AG’s office said Garrido’s family and Spanish government representatives had been notified and that the investigation into the homicide was continuing.
A profile of one of the suspects, who is believed to be a male aged 15 or 16 with a dark complexion and slight build, has been compiled based on a statement by Garrido’s husband.
The 34-year-old woman, who had lived in Mexico for about three years, disappeared on July 2 while returning to the state capital of Ciudad Victoria after spending a few days at the beach with her husband and their 1-year-old son.
Two armed men had stopped their car on a road, the victim’s husband said.
On July 26, the state AG’s office said a skeleton had been found near the Soto La Marina-Ciudad Victoria highway during a search for Garrido but that there was no indication it corresponded to the missing woman and that DNA tests would take at least 10 days.
Garrido had been listed as a “person who has not been located” and not as a kidnapping victim because no ransom demand had been made.
A total of 686 homicides and 105 kidnappings were registered in Tamaulipas, one of Mexico’s most violent states, between January and May of this year.