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Zocalo Reporter Alive; Tweets and Speaks "My Son and I Are Fine"

Friday, June 15, 2012 |

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat


Two events transpired today regarding the disappearance of Stephania Cardoso, 30, and her 2 year old baby boy. She spoke to Zocalo and around 2PM tweeted that she is alive.

In her tweet she writes "Thank God we are fine, but we need help now. Our lives are at risk".
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Cardoso spoke on audio which was posted on Zocalo de Saltillo on line. Her voice cracks with emotion as she delivers the message. She knows the feds are searching for her, but does not give details. She is asked by the reporter speaking to her if she can provide details as to what happened.  Cardoso said  that she has no protection, and in order to maintain their security she cannot give details of how events happened the day of her disappearance ..

She knows that many people are concerned for them, but for their safety she not can communicate with anyone nor her family. She asks the Federals of Mexico for protection not only for her and her son but for her family.. and thanks the people who are concerned about her.

                             (VIDEO HAS HER RECORDED TELEPHONE CALL)

video

In researching Cardoso's crime reporting, no reports of organized crime activity, or opinion, could be found tracing back to Jan of this year. Her reporting was the typical police reporting one would find in any city, traffic accidents, domestic violence, theft, and rape.

Reviewing her twitter page there was no overt comments about politics and none of organized crime.

For his part President Caderon took to Twitter to tweet a message that fortunately Cardoso and her young son were alive, and a note to Cardoso "you have the protection of PGR"







It was in the new year of January 2010 when another kidnapping of Zocalo reporters occurred.
Valentin Valdes Espinosa, 29, was abducted, then found shot to death in the capital city of Saltillo in the Northern Mexican state of Coahuila.
Valdes had just finished his work day at Zocalo de Saltillo and departed with two other associates of the popular Coahuila newspaper. It was shortly before 11 PM when the trio left the building. Conflicting reports stated that the three men were accosted downtown Saltillo when two SUVs intercepted them. Other reports say only two of the men were in the vehicle at the time it was intercepted. Whichever the factual account is, it matters little, for the undisputable fact remains in either case, that the young crime beat reporter was tortured, bound, gagged and killed by 5 bullets. His battered corpse was discovered the following day at the Motel Marbella, accompanying his dead body was a message
“This is going to happen to those who don’t understand. The message is for everyone."
Whoever was kidnapped with Valdes, either escaped, or was allowed go free, his name has never been disclosed.
At the time of his death Valdes was the third reporter killed in 2 weeks

Read previous post HERE

Read Zocalo's report and hear audio HERE

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27 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

I didn't know she was released. I'm so pleased. Thank you for the good news today, Chivis

Anonymous said...

get out of mexico asap. i am praying.

Anonymous said...

Thank God.I had these awful images of sciciros killing her baby in front of her or whatever sick shit they could think of. She needs to cross the border and never look back. Theyll kill her for sure.

Anonymous said...

with the most sophisticated technology we have on this earth please mexico turn to usa for physical and technological help

Anonymous said...

Maybe she is lying

Anonymous said...

Someone wants a US citizenship

Anonymous said...

Weird to say the least? What is up?

Anonymous said...

June 16, 2012 12:07 AM said "Maybe she is lying"

I was wondering that too. Like that Erika whats-er-name chic. (The "police chief" teen) Looking for asylum? Could be.

Baggy said...

What if its the PGR thats trynna kill her? glad shes ok but this is still pretty suss......

Anonymous said...

Why do I expect an amnesty request will be coming along?

Anonymous said...

How does she expect help from the federales
if she doesn't say where she is in ?

Chivis said...

I regret to correct you, but she is still be held, she was allowed to call Zocalo to tell everyone she is alive, and to appeal for assistance for her but also for her family. My sense is whoever is holding her has told her that her family is in danger....Paz, Chivis

Anonymous said...

I was afraid of this.She is being held for ransom or some shit.The fuckin rats.

Anonymous said...

She was allowed to call,to try and take some heat of off.She is beild held against her will.
I hope the "MEN" who are holding do not harm of touch her in any way.Fuck the money,let her go.
If you hurt her,you will be hunted by everyone.

Anonymous said...

Do they know if that's really her voice tho? Could she have been murder and they had someone else call for her? Idk there's something fishy about this.. this is my opinion so don't get crazy ppl...

Anonymous said...

Man send sum navy seals they will find her in a heart beat kill the bastards holding her hostage that's rite kill them cuz navy seals don't fuck around they leave no witness alive. Their goal is to recover the package at all cost and take control of the situation. Que no primo!?

Anonymous said...

In response to "Do they know if that's really her voice tho?"

They could have told her what to say and then made the audio recording we have access to here. After the recording they could have killed her.
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I've been following this Cardoso case since it began and for where we are at now with this latest development regarding her and her baby, to me, something is fishy: "¿is she connected to some criminal network? Are we being led in some way?", those are the thoughts that have entered my mind. We'll have to wait and see what comes next in this puzzling news story. When the new story first broke out I believed she had been kidnapped and probably already murdered, I was saddened and was hoping they had spared her and the baby. I also had the thought that possibly some criminal in charge of a criminal organization might have had her picked up so he could force her into being his 'woman' with having sex with her attached to the whole thing. In such a situation the victim is held in captivity.
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Anonymous said...

Her baby is probably keeping her alive like i mean cartels are ruthless by wont go as far as killing a 2 year old in cold blood cuz that shit dont fly with the cartels and there bosses .I mean there not terrorist that know kids are going to die when they sett off bombs in crowded markets.

Chivis said...

Yes they are sure it is her..she called those she knew at Zocalo. There is no doubt. and No doubt if they did not script the conversation they surely gave her strict boundaries and warnings.

as for being fishy...I suppose anything is possible, but she is so loved by all concerned and she does not write about organized crime i don't see th point in thrashing all your belongings and stage a kidnap.

Contacts by kidnapped persons is not unusual for them to have contact for those held longer. I think they goofed when taking the baby. and I am surprised that they did. I still believe she will be set free, or at least the child.

the "kept woman" scenario doesn't fly with me. It is not difficult for narcos to get a pretty girlfriend, why expose yourself to a hunt by the feds? The longer she is held the greater hope someone will talk. It happened to a friend of mine. His two sons were taken and held. they were held in separate safe houses. at one a neighbor reported suspicious actitivy, and one of the boys (both teens) was found bound and gagged and was freed. they never found the other, this was 3 yrs ago, surely he is dead. The entire family moved out of Saltillo...including grandparents.

Anonymous said...

I think she talked her captors into something. I bet she's been talking to those assholes a mile a minute to try to get some kind of leverage. They would rather get some money and get her out of their hair because of the baby. They hurt the baby and people who would normally keep quiet will talk. So they let her call to try to speed things up.

What is the penalty for kidnapping in Mexico? In the US, if no one is hurt, you get life. If someone is hurt, you get life no parole or death. If the vict dies, for any reason, i.e. lack of meds, death.

Anonymous said...

To 3:05 PM (June 16, 2012)


Thanks for sharing your story with us and for your take on things.
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Anonymous said...

She is being held against here will.Do you people think she would do all this for some bullshit?Its about money and ransom,the captors allowed her to let everyone know she is alright for now,taking the heat off the bitches who took her.You are all thinking it through to much.The poor girl has been taken against her will,i just hope they realize the situation and let her and her child go unharmed and untouched.

Anonymous said...

Why can't Mexico trace the call???

Anonymous said...

Really???... Havent you read the Reports where even 4 months old babies are being Kill all over Mexico??? If they want to kill you, and your family they don't care if you're just a little kid.

Anonymous said...

Life, check your sources. You dont even get life for murder sometimes.

Anonymous said...

@June 16, 2012 1:18 PM
No you are wrong. Cartel members are terrorists. If they wanted to send a message they would have no problem mudering a baby. These people are sick and you give them way too much credit.

Anonymous said...

this woman and child will be found dead.

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