The remains of an Ohio architect, his fiancee, and two family members who were reported missing in December have been identified as four bodies that were found in Mexico, according to official statements.
On Tuesday, authorities verified that one of the bodies found was that of an architect named Jose Gutiérrez, who was 36 years old and worked for a company based in Cincinnati.
It was previously discovered by authorities that the other three remains belonged to Daniela Pichardo, Gutierrez’s girlfriend, as well as her sister and cousin.
In the early part of this week, the bullet-riddled vehicle that the couple had been using in Mexico was discovered. It is currently unknown where the bodies were discovered.
After graduating with a master’s degree in architecture from Miami University, Gutiérrez, the eldest of seven siblings, worked as an architect for a company based in Cincinnati. He was born in Mexico, and his family believes that he is a model citizen because he triumphed against adversity to acquire his degree.
After leaving the United States on December 22 for the state of Zacatecas in Mexico, he was last seen in the United States at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Zacatecas is one of Mexico’s 31 states.
It was said by his family that he frequently pays visits to Pichardo, therefore he was planning on heading there. The wedding was set to take place in 2023 according to the couple’s plans.
It was reported by Gutiérrez’s sister that the last time she spoke with her brother was when the group of four went out to dine a few days into their trip. She claims that she is unaware of what transpired, but that she heard disturbing stories about an incident that occurred that evening on the press.
Since then, neither member of the pair has been seen nor has anyone heard from them. Early on, Gutiérrez’s relatives voiced concerns that he and his companions had been kidnapped.
The family originally requested assistance from the FBI and other officials in the United States government. In addition to that, they reported the incident to the authorities in Hamilton.
The Department of State of the United States of America has issued a travel alert for Mexico, which includes the state of Zacatecas.
The text of the advise that is particular to the location is as follows: “Do not travel due to crime and kidnapping. In the state of Zacatecas, gang activity, extortion, and violent crime are all pervasive problems. There have been cases of kidnapping involving citizens of the United States and [lawful permanent residents].
The inquiry is still going on as the authorities attempt to put together the pieces of what took place.
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