According to the FBI, four Americans crossing the US-Mexico border from Texas were shot at, held at gunpoint and may have been kidnapped.
Special Agent Oliver Rich, in charge of the FBI’s San Antonio Division, announced Sunday that the FBI is asking for public assistance to locate four US citizens last seen in the northern Mexican border town of Matamoros, Tamaulipas .
They have been missing since Friday March 3rd.
“On March 3, 2023, four Americans were crossing through Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, driving a white minivan with North Carolina license plates. Shortly after crossing to Mexico, unidentified gunmen shot at passengers in the vehicle. All four Americans were placed in a vehicle and removed from the scene by gunmen,” the FBI said in a statement.
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Matamoros is located on the US-Mexico border, directly across from Brownsville, Texas.
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Investigators from the FBI and its federal partners, as well as Mexican law enforcement agencies are assisting in the search for the victims.
Matamoros is notorious for feuding factions of the Gulf drug cartel, and Friday’s violence was so bad that the US consulate issued a warning.
Tamaulipas State Police also said a number of people were killed or injured on the same day, but gave no details on how many were affected.
The FBI has offered a $50,000 reward for the safe return of Americans and the arrest of those responsible.
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Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the FBI San Antonio Division at 210-225-6741.
Tips may also be submitted online at https://tips.fbi.gov. These tips can be submitted anonymously.
The Associated Press contributed to this report