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Sunday March 13, 2011

U.S. Professor of Archaeology Kidnapped in Mexican Border City of Juarez

U.S. Professor of Archaeology Kidnapped in Mexican Border City of Juarez

Photo: Kidnapped Professor Veronica Perez Rodriguez

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Mexican authorities from the northern state of Chihuahua have announced that Veronica Perez Rodriguez, a professor of archaeology at Northern Arizona University, has been kidnapped there while visiting relatives.

The 41-year old professor who resides part-time in El Paso, Texas was visiting her mother in Ciudad Juarez when armed men kidnapped her Friday afternoon as she was exiting her mother’s house.

Perez Rodriguez grew up in Cuidad Juarez and then pursued her college and doctoral degrees at the University of Texas at El Paso and University of Georgia. 

The Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez is considered the most dangerous city in the country and has seen 400 killed thus far this year.  In 2010 3,100 residents were killed in drug-related homicides.