Seventy-One People Have Disappeared Along Mexico’s ‘Highway of Death’

People holding signs of family members who went missing on the “highway of death” in Mexico at a protest in Monterrey, Mexico on June 30, 2021. / Daniel Becerril/REUTERS

Seventy-one people have disappeared this year from a troubled stretch of Mexican road that locals call the “highway of death” — including a Texas mom and her two children, officials said.

At least half a dozen of the missing along the highway between Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo at the Mexican border are from the US, authorities said.

On June 13, Gladys Perez Sanchez, of Laredo, Texas, disappeared with her 16-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter while returning from a visit with relatives in Sabina Hidalgo, according to a bulletin issued by the FBI in San Antonio.

The disappearances are believed to be tied to drug gangs in the region, particularly a turf war between the Jalisco and Northeast cartels, said Karla Quintana, head of Mexico’s National Search Commission.

Information on Gladys Perez Sanchez and her two children, who all went missing on the highway in Mexico. / FBI
Police officers patrolling the Monterrey-Nuevo Laredo freeway to prevent any further kidnappings or assaults on June 27, 2021. / Daniel Becerril/REUTERS

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SOURCE: New York Post, Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

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