By Patrick George AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Group had crossed border to shop, official says
FBI officials are continuing to search for four men from San Marcos, Texas and one teenager from Chicago who disappeared in Mexico in November.
Special Agent Erik Vasys with the FBI's San Antonio office said investigators are treating the disappearance of Luis Hernandez, Carlos Ortega, Nicolas Munoz, Ricardo Gomez and 14-year-old Giovanni Gomez as a missing persons case.
The young man in the group, 14-year-old Giovanni Gomez, is from Chicago and had arrived in San Marcos one day before he accompanied his uncles to Laredo.
The men were last seen in a dark green, 2003 Chevrolet Suburban
Vasys said the four men work for a concrete manufacturer in San Marcos, and the 14-year-old is one of their relatives who was visiting from Chicago.
Vasys said that they traveled to Laredo on Nov. 27 to pick up a vehicle related to their business and then decided to cross the border into Mexico to do some shopping.
They were supposed to come home that evening but did not return, and FBI officials have been investigating since Nov. 30.
"There has been no indication of an act of violence, but it's not a far leap of the imagination to think that something of a violent nature could have taken place," Vasys said.
One of the missing men is a U.S. citizen, one is a resident alien, and the immigration status of the other three is unknown, Vasys said.
Vasys said the FBI advises anyone thinking of traveling to Mexico to be aware of the risks by checking with the Texas Department of Public Safety or the U.S. State Department.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the FBI at 210-225-6741.