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Despite Parents’ Efforts, Still No Sign of One Missing Girl in San Miguel

The Two Missing Teens Cases Highlight Kidnapping Concerns in City

By Karla Ortiz

While we may see on television the cases of thousands of missing children worldwide, it probably never crosses our minds that we could run the same sort of risk here in San Miguel de Allende. But every day there are kidnappings and disappearances in México.

With our city being so small, it’s easy to think that this sort of thing doesn’t happen here, however, just recently, two girls, both 16 years old, disappeared: Sandra Daniela Andrade Cortés disappeared on September 29, and Itzel Jocelyn Sánchez Lucio disappeared on October 9. Of them, only one has been found. In both cases, the parents searched for them using all means available and even filed a complaint with the Procuraduría General de la Republica (The General Procurator of the Republic), known as the PGR, on October 3 and October 11, respectively.

Sandra Daniela

The last time Mónica Andrade saw her daughter Sandra Daniela was on September 29, when the girl, who is from the Los López community, asked permission to go to the local fair, promising to return between 7 and 8pm. Sandra Daniela never arrived.

After six days without any sign of the girl her mother searched for her at the hospitals and the preventive prison, in hopes that she could be there. Then Andrade was sent directly to the PGR to lodge a complaint. PGR officials only took her information and issued her a service receipt. They also told Mrs Andrade to look for here carefully because they thought we would be with her boyfriend. Mrs. Andrade didn’t take well that comment from the PGR and left to look for help with the local media instead. As we go to press it was informed that Sandra Daniela was found safe on October 20, in Comonfort, where she was with her 26-year-old boyfriend.

Itzel Jocelyn

Meanwhile, the last time the Sánchez Lucio family saw their daughter Itzel Jocelyn was when they sent her home in a taxi. They made sure she arrived there by calling her on the home’s landline. Later, her father arrived at the house and noticed that the alarm was activated. He checked his daughter’s room and found her school uniform but not her backpack. When he went back to the living room, he found a suspicious letter supposedly from his daughter, saying she was leaving the house and not to look for her because she was going to be fine. The letter was written in two clearly different handwriting styles, so the parents suspect that their daughter didn’t write it. It also uses language that Itzel Jocelyn has never used with her parents.

Due to what they said was lack of response by the PGR, as in the case of Sandra Daniela, the mother began to search for her own resources. She began to post on Facebook and share her case with different media outlets. She even asked for support from relevant Mexico City organizations trying to do everything possible to find her girl. Finally, on October 17, the PGR activated the AMBER Alert. To date, however, no news of the whereabouts of the girl has emerged.

Unfortunately social networks have been a double-edged sword for the mothers. Publications have been sharing their phone numbers widely, and their numbers have reached the hands of extortionists and criminal groups that only seek to take advantage of the families’ pain and obtain money from them.


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