As we posted on The Guadalajara Post on April 2nd, three adults and two minors were reported missing as they suddenly “vanished”, on their way back to Zapopan after a few days vacation in Mexico City.
And now, it has been made known that eight officers on the Acatic municipal police force in Jalisco have been detained in connection with the disappearance of the five family members.
Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solís explained that eight arrest warrants had been ordered for the crime of forced disappearance.
“Early data which was obtained in the course of the investigations suggest the probable participation of some of the Acatic police force in the disappearance of these people,” he said.
Julio Alberto Villaseñor Cabrera, 35, Jimena Romo Jiménez, 24, their 1-year-old daughter Julia Isabella, Alberto’s sister Virginia Villaseñor Cabrera, and her nine-year-old son went missing on Thursday, March 25th.
After the family got lost somewhere in the Altos Sur region, a search operation was initiated in the municipalities of Tepatitlán, Jalostotitlán, San Miguel El Alto and Acatic. Officials are confident that it was in the last municipality that the family disappeared.
“In some localities like Jalostotitlán, Tepatitlán and some others where they had been traveling, they will have only been somewhere they were passing through and it’s very probable that here is where it happened. It’s documented in some early data and for that reason there’s a great many [investigators] working here in this area,” the Attorney General said.
A total of 200 officers have been deployed to find the family.
The motive for the disappearance has not been determined, but there could be a connection to an armed attack which took place days earlier in Guadalajara.