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US Consulate in Matamoros extends travel warning as kidnappings soar in Tamaulipas -- UPDATED

Friday, February 22, 2013 |

Found:  Wendy Soto Misell
UPDATE:  Updating with new information that Wendy Soto Misell was with her biological mother.
By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

The US Consulate in Matamoros in Tamaulipas state has extended a warning to its citizens and employees about travelling highway in Tamaulipas, according to Mexican news accounts.

According to a news report posted on the website of Milenio, the US Consulate based ion Matamoros in Tamaulipas has extended an advisory it originally issued last November against travel in northern areas of Tamaulipas state.  According to the report, specific concerns listed were of armed robbery and kidnappings, especially on the roads linking Matamoros and Reynosa.

This writer was unable to locate the specific warning extension.  The November 20th, 2012 travel warning was issued by the US State Department for the entire nation of Mexico.  A US Consulate in Hermosillo, Sonora state had issued travel restrictions on US government employees travelling in Mexico, especially between Nogales and Hermosillo in Sonora.  Those warnings were issued just days after the massive intergang shootout in Tubutama in Sonora early July 2010.

A separate warning was released December 14th, 2012 by the US Consulate in Matamroros due to the threat of kidnappings and carjackings which occurred outside of Matamoros and Renosa.

Nuevo Laredo, west of Reynosa, has experienced a severe spike kidnapping, particularly of teens in the passed week.  A news report posted on El Manana news daily said that four cases of kidnapped youths from age 13 to 20 have been reported in Nuevo laredo.  The article claims that Tamaulipas government authorities are helpless or are unable to investigate the abductions.

The report also said that parents have been forced to investigate the disappearances of children.

A separate article which also appeared on the website of El Manana reported that a nine year old girl, identified as Wendy Soto Misell, disappeared and was presumed kidnapped last Wednesday at around 1200 hrs.  The report said that Wendy attended  La Primaria Luis Donaldo Colosio school in Nuevo Laredo.

However a later news brief in El Manana said that Wendy had been with her biological mother right along.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com

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9 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Why cant these people kidnap some of those idiots that are strapped with bombs with the intentions of blowing themselves and everyone else around them up.yea let them kidnap a suicide bomber from the middle east and leave the innocent people alone.

Anonymous said...

Might have to do with all the stash house busts in Houston,,
Over 80 people per house

Anonymous said...

Just despicable that children have been kidnapped, bad enough that adults had to deal with this horror.
How much longer can citizens sit back and not protest or use force to protect themselves and hold their governments accountable.

Anonymous said...

Re: US Consulate in Matamoros extends travel warning as kidnappings soar in Tamaulipas

"This writer was unable to locate the specific warning extension."

Hola Chivis. Encontré este mensaje en un blog, no sé si es el que buscan. Que no aparezcan mis datos pls:

Mensaje de Seguridad para los Ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos - Amenazas de secuestro en Tamaulipas Febrero 21, 2013
http://menytimes.blogspot.fr/2013/02/consulado-usa-ne-tamaulipas-amenazas-de.html

Anonymous said...

Re: This writer was unable to locate the specific warning extension.

Perdón, no estoy segura si hace rato envié el link correcto para:
Mensaje de Seguridad para los Ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos - Amenazas de secuestro en Tamaulipas Febrero 21, 2013

Aquí lo encontré:
http://menytimes.blogspot.fr/2013/02/consulado-usa-ne-tamaulipas-amenazas-de.html

Anonymous said...

I think they found the girl in the picture.
Wendy Soto Misell
http://www.elmanana.com.mx/notas.asp?id=322156

Anonymous said...

The major point to me in this article are the kidnappenings age 13 to 20. Granted they aren't 10 years old but where is the outrage. The femocide of girls and woman in México is outrage,going on for years Thousands missing and probably met the same fate as the 10 yr. old. "ARE IF THEY ARE RELLY LUCKY, THEY ARE NOW APART OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING", sold for nothing and live a life of being rapped and abused 24/7. When will the people of México say, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH? Thanks Chivis, texas Grandma,peace to all innocents.

Anonymous said...

I had to laugh when I read "The article claims that Tamaulipas government authorities are helpless or are unable to investigate the abductions." Why can't they just print that the authorities are bought and paid for by the Zetas and they all deserve to be decapitated? Enough of the bullshit.

Anonymous said...

"kidnapped youths from age 13 to 20"

This has greater implications as for school aged children from these areas (I know of some)are refusing to go to school for fear. Thus further dumbing down the masses.

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