Edgar Flores Santos, an employee of the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana was found dead in a rural area; two suspects have been arrested.
TIJUANA, BC – The body of Édgar Flores Santos, an employee of the United States Consulate in Tijuana, was found late Thursday afternoon in the vicinity of Rancho de las Uvas, in the Presa Rural delegation. There are two detainees suspected in his disappearance and murder, however, no official reports have been given offering further information.
It does appear that drugs were apparently found on the suspects at the time of their arrest.
This afternoon, the Municipal Security and Citizen Protection Secretariat (SSPCM) announced that their agents located the corpse of Édgar Flores Santos, who worked as a field agent for the Department of Agriculture for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States, and had been reported missing since last Wednesday.
The discovery of the body occurred approximately one kilometer from the rural area known as Rancho de las Uvas.
A search was begun by local and state police along with members of the Mexican military early on Thursday when the vehicle of the deceased was found in the area known as Maclovio Rojas. Blood was found inside the abandoned vehicle of the U.S. Consulate employee which lead to the police initiating the search.
The United States Consulate in Tijuana issued a statement:
“The community here at the United States Consulate General in Tijuana deeply regrets the news of the death of one of our employees, a member of the Department of Agriculture for the Plant and Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the Tijuana office.
While we await official identification, we will continue to work with local authorities in the ongoing investigation. Out of respect for victim’s family, we have no further comment at present.”