VALENCIA, Spain – Juan Carlos Moragues, the central government’s representative to the Valencia regional government, said on Tuesday that Spanish authorities were working with Mexican investigators to find Pilar Garrigues, who disappeared in Mexico.
Moragues told reporters that he spoke with Raquel, the missing woman’s sister, and that the family was “in permanent contact” with the Spanish Foreign Ministry and the Mexican Federal Police.
The 34-year-old woman, who has lived in Mexico for about three years, disappeared on July 2 after spending a day at the beach with her husband and 1-year-old son in Tamaulipas, a northeastern state on the border with the US.
“They stopped her and abducted her, and we’re investigating together with the Mexican Federal Police,” Moragues said.
Tamaulipas security spokesman Luis Alberto Rodriguez, for his part, said the victim’s husband filed a missing persons report hours after she was kidnapped near the city of Soto La Marina.
Rodriguez said investigators had listed Pilar Garrigues as a “person who has not been located” and not as a kidnapping victim because no ransom demand has been made.
The Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office said in a statement sent to EFE that there were no “indications that she may have been deprived of her freedom.”
Garrigues and her family were returning to their home in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of Tamaulipas, after spending several days at the beach.
Tamaulipas, which is on the border with Texas, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.