They disappeared in broad daylight in a club in an upscale Mexico City entertainment district.
Eleven young people just vanished from the Heaven’s After nightclub between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday, May 26. They were forced into a van at gunpoint. That’s what their relatives claim as they try to pressure officials to do more to help them.
This is a mystery that’s swept Mexico City, a metropolis considered relatively safe from the violence that torments other parts of the country.
But police have found no evidence that anything actually happened.
Right now, there’s so very little to go on — and conflicting accounts from relatives and officials.
According to reports, investigators say they’ve turned up nothing. No sign of forced entry into the nightclub. No fingerprints from the missing people on any of the bottles or glasses at the bar that would indicate they were even there.
“In the case of the armed group, we don’t have that confirmed,” Mexico City Attorney General Rodolfo Rios said. As for a suspicious van, several were seen in the area at the time, he said, but did not elaborate.
Reportedly, police did find two computers, a USB memory stick, 12 psychotropic pills and 42 grams of marijuana in the club. They have not said what connection, if any, any of these have to the missing.
The Zona Rosa is a popular tourism and entertainment district in Mexico City, and remains a popular area, even as it has earned a reputation as a risky place
Family members of the missing have made posters asking people for information and have staged protests, demanding more action from the government.
Though kidnappings do occur in Mexico City, a mass abduction in broad daylight like the one the families describe would be unusual.
Even during the years of drug cartel violence, the capital was a relatively safe place. Reports indicate, however, that infighting between local criminal groups is on the rise.
And Amnesty International says disappearances have become more commonplace because authorities have not tackled the issue head on. Image/CNN