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Friday June 7, 2013

U.S. Marine, Relatives Missing in Mexico

U.S. Marine, Relatives Missing in Mexico

Photo: Armando Torres III

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A U.S. marine and two relatives have been reported missing in Matamoros, a border city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, prosecutors told Efe.

Armando Torres III crossed from Texas into Tamaulipas on May 14 to visit relatives.

Investigators are trying to find the three missing people, whose disapearance may be linked to a land dispute.

Torres, his father and uncle, both Mexican citizens, were apparently taken away from the La Barranca ranch by armed men on the same day the former marine arrived in Matamoros, located across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas, the FBI said.

Prosecutors received an e-mail on May 15 from Luis Barberena, an FBI agent in Texas, seeking assistance in finding the 25-year-old marine, who is now in the reserves, a Tamaulipas Attorney General’s Office spokesman told Efe.

Investigators visited the La Barranca ranch, which is near the Los Indios international bridge, and spoke with several people close to the Torres family, the AG’s office spokesman said.

Armando Torres III recently left active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps after serving for seven years.