Friday, August 28, 2020

California firefighter goes missing after visiting his condo in Baja California

 "MX" for Borderland Beat

Aguilar has been missing since Thursday 

Francisco Aguilar (age 48), a firefighter based in Los Angeles, California, went missing last week while he visited his condo in Rosarito, Baja California, a coastal town south of Tijuana and less than 30 minutes from the U.S.-Mexico border.

Aguilar's family told reporters that he visited his condo in Mexico regularly and always stayed in close contact with his family during his trips. When they did not hear from him in 24 hours, some of his family members went to his condo to check on his — only to discover a frightening scene.

"The condo was ransacked, tables were overturned. It was a crazy, crazy episode," Aguilar's daughter Bella told ABC 7 News. "Vehicles were missing, items were missing. It was devastating to hear... It was so heartbreaking to hear." The Mexican police told the family that Aguilar was a victim of foul play.

"It's a nightmare, for sure," added his daughter Amaris. "The fear is the worst." His relatives also added that Aguilar's phone was shut off, which they say was very unusual of him.

"We were on FaceTime the other day, and he was on the beach and just talking ... about how it was so much fun and this was a little taste of what retirement would be like for him," Amaris said to CBS Los Angeles. "I just pray with every fiber in my being that my father returns to us."

Aguilar was a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department and has served there for 20 years. He was assigned to the Cypress Park's Station 44. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran.

Aguilar's family filed a missing person report to authorities in Baja California, and they are pleading for more assistance in finding him and bring him back home safe. The FBI has reportedly been assisting the family in Aguilar's search. However, a spokeswoman told reporters that the case falls under Mexican jurisdiction.

"That’s their jurisdiction ... we have to defer to Mexican authorities", the FBI said.

According to investigators, Aguilar went to Rosarito to check on his condo, which is often rented to visitors. “He was just so happy last week, talking about how going to Rosarito is just like paradise and how he loves having this freedom and spending more time with his family and just being there,” Amaris Aguilar, one of his daughters, said.

“He’s been to every single volleyball game, every single event my whole life and I just don’t know what I would do without my dad.”

Sources: People; Border Report

37 comments:

  1. That's horrible. I hope they find him alive.

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    1. It's MEXICO, where the president could care less about humans, his priority now,bus to see what bad stuff the ex presidents have done. I am surprised the fireman's family members, that went to check, made it back home alive. Can't even go to Rosarito to have fun.

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    2. 11:21 "The President" is not his Mommy, Granny or Daddy to babysit anyone, much less former presidents' or to protect their lying, thieving, murdering, motherfacking arses...

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    3. 8:22 your such a dork, you are fully aware Obrador and his cabinet does nada to quell the high homicides in Mexico. Being a president requires him to provide safety for it's citizens, that is not called babysitting. Get a grip.

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    4. @12:21-

      You just ramble from the top of your upper lip. You have no idea what Obrador is contributing to the drug war. How many criminals have been captured, recently? You forget about El Marro, etc., etc.

      Ya, Obrador is admittedly passive aggressive. That is no secret. However, he is no softy when it comes to fighting crime. See, people like you need to be reminded and put in their places for speaking out to the wind.

      I hear crickets when you speak, so don't be calling people dorks without proper authority to do so.

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  2. Lawlessness runs unchecked...

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  3. Anything goes in Mexico, I in the past had planned to buy land to build a future home in Mexico, glad I did not, as criminals steal the land and kill the owners.

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    1. THAT can happen anywhere. LOts of squatters in the US and plenty of murder in the US. More everyday as we see. Plenty of people living very happily in Mexico and not having problems, or having a better life than they would elsewhere. Good you held off though sounds like you wouldn't be good fit.

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    2. 10:49 kidnappers did not steal or kill Diego Fernandez de Ceballos, but they took the ransom.
      AMLO is taking De Ceballos ill gotten properties through the courts and shit...
      Kidnappers also did not kill or take genarco garcia luna's life or ransom, that proves the Beltran Leyvas and el Jefe de Jefes Don Arturo were the better people.

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    3. ^^^Friends don’t let friends take LSD^^^

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    4. 1111 you making shit up Mexico is currently a dump and the innocent are paying the price to live there. Many people have second homes in the USA and do not have squatters moving in when they are not there.

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    5. 11.11 the previous commenter has the right to say what he said and he is correct in his assertions. i am a mexican citizen, dual actually, and live there also. many crimes go unreported and cartels have control over the media. still i feel safer in mexico than in the usa as it is now.

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    6. In USA your house won’t get hit by RPG’s and the bad guys don’t all have LMG’s

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    7. @11:11, yep it can happen anywhere, but DOES happen in Mex. A LOT! When you can claim 5 out of the top 6 cities with highest murder rates in the world, yes, you have a much bigger problem than the rest. Seems to me, most who appreciate the rule of law wouldn't be a "good fit".

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    8. 3:39
      Wrong. Mass shootings, bombs, Unabomber, Olympic Bomber, Oklahoma bomber, Boston Marathon bombers, commercials jets flown into skyscrapers, the old gang days when every weekend you can hear shootouts and your house being hit by stray bullets...

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  4. Bet you they are holding him for ransom money.

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    1. They would have contacted the family by now if so.

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    2. Nah they would've asked for a ransom by now. It's highly unlikely he's still alive. Even if they do ask for a ransom at this point they would've killed him by now

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  5. Baja California SMFH are u kiiding me that place is DeathZone CJNG fighting CDS and theres other Cartels in AREA SMH Im not going Mexico at All Bro Fuck that hope they find this poor man but if a Cartel Got him Its Over smh these Fucking Souless dudes Dont leave no Alive

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  6. Stay away from death-exico

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  7. the local plaza boss where he had his condo should know his whereabouts

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  8. He's probably dead!

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  9. Joel gomez vilchis PEP tried yesterday kidnapping an entrepreneur he ia responsible for more murders and kidnappings has a court order not to be arrested

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  10. That sucks, man! Rosarito is one of the most beautiful places in Mexico. It has some security issues, but nothing compared to TJ. I am planning on moving there soon!

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  11. Mexico-Just don't go.

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  12. The missing man, Francisco Aguilar, god rest his soul, was visiting to address issues with his condo which he rented via Airbnb. The article I read in the LA Times didn’t say what the issues were, but they were obviously very serious issues...

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  13. Rosarito is a shit hole. Good bye to the days of spring break at Pappas and Beer with Red Hot Chili Peppers playing.

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  14. I feel bad for the man. An honorable man, a family man, a hero rescuer. Unfortunately he saw the world as populated by only other good people. Sadly it's naive thinking an Anglo American can get away with buying a beach house in Rosarito in this era.
    Some day but not today.

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  15. Rosarita has become a very dangerous place you might not die there but you better nail down everything you have or it will be stolen by legions of tweakers and bad police!!

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  16. Frank was just me minding his own business and look what happens, went to clean it, and some nasty criminals that have nothing better to do, bother, one of the comments in here is correct, the police not the government of Mexico will do nothing, not even flex a muscle. Criminals know the law is weak, so they prey on anyone at anytime.

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  17. FBI assisting https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-25/fbi-assisting-in-search-for-la-firefighter-missing-in-mexico

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  18. I am FAMILY who went to find him. No ransom has been requested. He has not made any contact, his jeep and dirtbike are still missing. If you have any information please contact local authorities or the FBI

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    1. I am so sorry. My husband and I put a D/P on a beautiful condo there 2 years ago, then backed out after speaking to sources.

      I spent summers on the beach in rosarito. No violence, no highrises just beautiful beach to fish, swim and ride horses on, crossing the highway we would target practice. yes i know, i know, but it was a different time then. The best of memories.

      I wish the best for your relative. Did he ever express concern about the violence?

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    2. Chivas, yes... I remember Rosarito as you do. I grew up in So Cal. In 1966-67 I got to go down to Rosarito as a young teenager a few times. My friend's family had a very small cabana on the cliff. Nothing fancy. It had bunk beds for all of us girls. It was safe, for us 4 girls to go down onto the beach alone all day. I remember seeing some young boys riding horses too, but it was long before your time...I will never forget the quiet beauty of the place then...

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    3. Forget contacting the local Rosarito police, they could be working together with the criminals. FBI yes the more tips the better.

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    4. It was amazing before the deluge of tourism. We along with all my great uncles and aunts had little cabanas on the hill top. We would slide down to the water on cardboard not thinking of the long climb up. The gob took all of our property. My grandfather accepted it as something that one couldn't fight, my father said to be grateful for the many years and generations are family enjoyed the place. yet my tia went to her grave fighting for her land back. and thats ok, she always had hope.

      It was always safe, no one ever worried. I grew up in SoCal also, so it was just a drive away. Even in HS we would drive down to meet the family there. Stopped in TJ for tortillas and french rolls...such good times. No worries.

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    5. Used to great going to Rosarito back in the day and having a steak dinner at El Nido and then heading south to hang out at La Salina Cantina.

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