Mexico City Mystery: How Did 12 Youths Just Vanish?

Parents say cops are ignoring alleged kidnapping due to poor background
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2013 12:32 PM CDT
A man takes photos with his mobile phone of the facade of an after hours bar plastered with signs of missing people in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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(Newser) – A mysterious case persists in Mexico City, where a dozen young people seem to have simply vanished from a bar in broad daylight. Their parents say police haven't done enough since their children—the youngest of whom is 16—went missing early May 26, because they come from a poor neighborhood. Since then, the story has made headlines around the world, and police today arrested two waiters from the bar and another woman; they're still looking for the bar's owner, who is now considered a fugitive, reports the BBC.

The parents insist the disappearance was a kidnapping. But investigators say there is no evidence of an abduction, and only one person on the scene claims to have seen anything—in his telling, masked gunmen stormed the bar and seized the group, but he has since disappeared, leaving behind a false name and contact info. To make things twistier, three of the missing young people are related to crime bosses currently in prison, fueling theories that a rival gang may be involved. And a CNN report makes things twistier still: Police say they've identified no fingerprints from any of the missing on the bottles or glasses found at the bar.

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