Five people were arrested in connection with the kidnappings of four marines in the eastern state of Veracruz and some of the men’s personal belongings were found in a building, the Mexican Navy Secretariat said Thursday.
Crescencio Gonzalez, 27, Samuel Sanchez, 18, Eduardo Gomez, 27, Efrain Fabian, 18, and a minor were arrested and later handed over to state prosecutors.
Two of the suspects were arrested in the building, located in the Dos Caminos section of the port city of Veracruz, and the others were found around the property, the secretariat said.
Investigators are continuing to gather evidence in an effort to determine the marines’ whereabouts and trying to find out whether the four bodies discovered buried on the edge of the road that links the town of Cardel to Mexico City are theirs, the secretariat said.
“Some sites where the bodies of the missing persons could be” buried have been identified by investigators, but there is no “certainty with respect to the deaths or not of the marines,” federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire said.
The first kidnappings occurred on Aug. 1, when three marine officers receiving “professional training” were reported missing, the secretariat said.
The three officers were abducted by unidentified individuals while driving in a private vehicle.
An Heroica Escuela Naval Militar cadet disappeared on Aug. 8 while on his day off and has not been heard from since.
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La Marina denuncia la desaparición de cuatro agentes en Veracruz
Bodies found in Mexico might be kidnapped marines
“Zetas”, los cinco detenidos por secuestro y posible asesinato de marinos