Mexico: Search for missing U.S. citizen in Jalisco

The search extends to seven call center workers.

Mexican police are searching for four men and a woman who disappeared while on their way to work at a call center. One of the missing is a U.S. citizen born in Arizona. Carlos David Valladolid Hernández, 23, disappeared along with his sister Itzel Abigail Valladolid Hernández and five other co-workers: Arturo Robles Corona, Carlos Benjamín García Cuevas, Jesús Alfredo Salazar Ventura, Jorge Miguel Moreno Morales and Mayra Karina Velázquez Durán.

The disappearance was reported by the Jalisco State Commission for Missing Persons. The complaints were filed gradually between May 20 and 27. The public is asked to cooperate in locating him.

Local media report that the five workers disappeared in Zapopan and Tonalá, two of the main municipalities in the Guadalajara metropolitan area. The Jalisco Prosecutor's Office does not mention kidnapping and announced in the last hours that house searches related to the case have taken place.

The Special Prosecutor's Office for Missing Persons conducted a search yesterday afternoon at a property related to the disappearance of two women and five men who worked at a call center, where evidence was seized that is already part of the investigation file.

The disappearance of the young men comes at a time of strong outbreaks of violence in Mexico, with drug cartels in some cases kidnapping and murdering U.S. citizens.

According to data from the National Registry of Missing or Disappeared Persons (RNPDNO), there are 110,765 cases of missing and unaccounted for persons in Mexico. The state with the highest number of records incorporated into the RNPDNO is Jalisco with 14,978 cases.