Ohio’s HAMILTON (WXIX) – A Hamilton man has gone missing in Mexico, and his loved ones are pleading for him to come home. Jose Gutierrez, an alumnus of Miami University with a Master of Architecture degree, is currently employed by a firm in Cincinnati.
As of the 22nd of December, he was last seen leaving Cincinnati, Ohio’s CVG Airport for Zacatecas, one of Mexico’s 31 states. Positioned roughly halfway between Monterrey and Mexico City, Zacatecas is a major city in the country’s central north.
It’s been said that Jose frequently visits his fiancee. The big day is set for 2023 for the happy couple. According to Jose’s sister, Brandie Gutierrez, “he goes about three times a year.” This was revealed on a Wednesday night.
According to Brandie, the last time she spoke to Jose and his fiancee was when they went out to dinner a few days into their trip. There were disturbing reports of an incident that night, she says, but she has no idea what happened.
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There has been no further contact with the couple. His loved ones are concerned he and his fiancee may have been kidnapped. It has been confirmed that Jose is being sought by a government agency in Mexico whose job it is to locate missing person reports.
His loved ones say they’ve contacted the FBI and government officials in the United States to ask for assistance in finding him. Further, they claim to have reported the incident to the Hamilton Police Department.
FOX19 has contacted the Hamilton Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At the time this was written, neither party had responded. The State Department warns Americans against visiting Zacatecas, Mexico.
Do not travel due to crime and kidnapping” is the language used in the region-specific travel warning. It’s no secret that the state of Zacatecas is plagued by high rates of violent crime, extortion, and gang activity. It is true that kidnapping has occurred involving U.S. citizens and LPRs.
Since Christmas Day, A Man From Ohio And His Fiancee Have Been Reported Missing After Traveling To Mexico
Since Christmas Day, a man from Ohio and his fiancee have been reported missing after traveling to Mexico. Jose Gutierrez and Daniela Márquez were last seen Sunday night when they left their hotel for dinner at a bar in Zacatecas, central Mexico, according to Brandie Gutierrez, Jose’s sister, who spoke to Fox 19 in Cincinnati.
She added that “the bars actually noticed screams,” suggesting that the family may have been abducted. “I don’t think that everything is okay.”
The mother of the Cincinnati architect, 38-year-old Rosa Pichardo, told TV Azteca that her son and daughter-in-law, along with Daniela’s sister Viviana and cousin Irma Vargas, did not return to Márquez’s home in Colotlán, Jalisco state at around 10 p.m. The SUV was discovered 20 miles away in Vivoras, where the group had apparently abandoned it.
Pichardo told the outlet, “There were those who saw they were kidnapping them, there was a lot of panic, screams, but they didn’t get them out and they took the vehicle.” “My daughter’s fiancee Daniela was among the women they abducted. They left, heading for Vivoras.”
Gutierrez’s family has contacted the FBI and other government officials, and the State Department has begun working with Mexican authorities to locate the missing four, as reported by Fox News Digital and Fox 19.
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Mexican-born architect Gutiérrez holds dual citizenship and currently works for a company in Cincinnati. According to his relatives, he makes the trip to Mexico to see Pichardo roughly three times a year. According to Gutiérrez’s relatives on Fox 19, the long-distance couple plans to tie the knot in 2023.
Pichardo told TV Azteca, “There were those who saw they were kidnapping them, there was a lot of panic, screams, but they didn’t get them out, and they took the vehicle.” “My daughter’s fiancee and her friends were taken. They left for Vivoras and were off.”
Due to the high risk of terrorism, kidnapping, and other criminal activity, the U.S. Department of State has issued a “do not travel” advisory for the Mexican state of Zacatecas. According to the State Department’s website, “violent crime, extortion, and gang activity are widespread in Zacatecas state.”
Brandie explained that on the evening of December 25, when José’s future mother-in-law realized she hadn’t heard from the four of them, she reached out to them and received a text message with an address. Brandie explained that the family was stopped by police on their way to the address because the area was deemed unsafe. There was no explanation given as to why the family should not return until the following day.
Brandie said that neither she nor her family had heard from José or his fiancee, nor had she heard from her sister or cousin. The Hamilton Police Department and the FBI have been notified of José’s disappearance, she said, but neither has confirmed an active investigation.