MEXICO CITY – Mexican police have expanded the investigation into the disappearance earlier this month of Spanish citizen Pilar Garrido in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, security officials told EFE on Wednesday.
Investigators did not find traces of blood in the victim’s automobile, Tamaulipas state security spokesman Luis Alberto Rodriguez said.
Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office investigators conducted tests with luminol and they came back negative, Rodriguez said.
Media reports in the past few hours, however, said traces of blood had been found in the vehicle, a discovery that, if true, could completely alter the investigation’s focus.
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 state on the border with the US, the victim’s husband said.
The Spanish citizen was forced out of her family’s vehicle near the city of Soto La Marina, officials said.
Garrigues is listed as a “person who has not been located” and not as a kidnapping victim because no ransom demand has been made, the AG’s office said.
Investigators are pursuing several different theories, Rodriguez said.
The Tamaulipas state security spokesman refused to confirm or deny whether the missing woman’s husband, Jorge Fernandez Gonzalez, reported her disappearance to authorities.
Garrigues’s mother-in-law, Adriana Gonzalez, told EFE that the family was “heartbroken,” but she refused to say anything else, on the advice of police, to avoid interfering in the investigation.
Tamaulipas, which is on the border with Texas, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.