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Missing In Mexico

John Edward Parks, male, 41, 5'10", 160 pounds, Native American coloring with blue eyes.

Location: Harlingen and McAllen TX
Members: 25
Latest Activity: Aug 29, 2013

What we know..

Owns aquarium/pet store in Matamoros, MX, and disappeared during the battles between the Mexican military and the Gulf Cartels and Zetas in that city, beginning on Nov.5, 2010. US Consulate has only ascertained that he is not in any hospital in that city or surrounding cities, and nothing more. They say they are not able to do any searching themselves but must rely on the Mexican authorities.

Discussion Forum

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Tags: Missing, Mexico, Superman, Producer, Salkind

Started by Jeff Dunsavage. Last reply by Julie R. Jones Feb 4, 2011.

5 San Marcos, Texas, Residents Missing in Mexico Since November 10 Replies

Does anyone know how to connect with the families of these men? Maybe we could help them and they could help us by adding strength through numbers. Maybe some of you Texans could reach out? Watch the videoContinue

Tags: Missing, Mexico, Nuevo Laredo, Texas, San Marcos

Started by Jeff Dunsavage. Last reply by Jeff Dunsavage Jan 9, 2011.

Arturo Aviles Also Missing in Matamoros, Mexico 4 Replies

Separate group dedicated to the search for Arturo Aviles, who disappeared in Matamoros around the same time as John Parks.

Tags: Missing, Arturo Aviles, John Parks, Mexico, Matamoros

Started by Jeff Dunsavage. Last reply by Jeff Dunsavage Jan 8, 2011.

more on mexico 4 Replies

Ciudad Juarez -any reason he may go to this area? Continue

Started by Richard Bowie. Last reply by Jeff Dunsavage Nov 30, 2010.

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Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on December 10, 2010 at 6:11pm

Deb, Renee: In talking with the media or anyone in government, make sure you refer to John's "ailing mother"... these people seem to think it's all about the missing person (who, if they never come back don't vote or buy papers). The need to be made to see that for each person who gets into trouble there are scores of irritable family members and friends who have more family members and friends in the legislators' districts. Deb and Cindy are our best PR assets, as far as this is concerned. I don't want to sound cold, but no one who matters (ie., has power to do anything) cares about our missing men. But they can be made to care about an ailing Mom, children who may or may not be orphans (esp., around Christmas). Need to milk out any remaining bit of human kindness these people have left.

Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on December 10, 2010 at 6:06pm

Babies and pretty women get the action (and not necessarily pretty women). Adult men are assumed to either:

- Not want to be found

- Be up to no good

- Be able to take care of themselves.


Major awareness-building and education is required before things will ever change. Need to get senators believing their re-election depends on how they handle these cases. It's the only way they will risk political capital or exert themselves.


Comment by Renee Vorbach on December 10, 2010 at 5:17pm

Well, the American Consulate has been busy. Apparently an American couple had a child with disabilities and they took the child to Matamoros and abandoned it there at an orphanage. The grandparents in the states wanted to adopt the child. So the whole story was on the news last night and how the American Consulate in Matamoros "facilitated" the return of the child to the grandparents. Frankly, I am not impressed... a month-old baby residing in an orphanage...ooooo, impressive... took them less than a week, maybe three phone calls? John has been MISSING for more than a month and all they have managed to do so far is FAX a poster to other consulates along the border.... Deb got better results going over and talking to the Mexican Police directly. YAY Deb!!!

Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on December 10, 2010 at 4:36pm

Totally understand, Deb.


Have you reached out to your senators at all? In my experience, that has been the only thing that gets a rise out of State.

Comment by Deborah Parks on December 10, 2010 at 3:34pm

Sill after a week and half not a word back from the State dept. and still no word out of the American Cons. in Matamoros Mx

Comment by Deborah Parks on December 10, 2010 at 3:33pm

Jeff if my health was better I would take hold and go all the way with this, but at this time I cant do it. Will help anyone who want to take it on and be there to support them in any way I can

Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on December 10, 2010 at 11:34am

Kyle, John, Ron, the two boys in the Juarez jail, the three Texas businessmen, David Hartley -- we really need a coordinated campaign of outrage directed at Texas's senators and representatives. I don't have the bandwidth to lead it, but I will be happy to advise and support. Texas is the frontline - we need to take the battle to Washington. I'll be happy to talk about this with anyone who could be willing/able to do the legwork.



Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on December 7, 2010 at 9:47pm
Already doing so. Don't expect much from NBC - my niece was a producer at Dateline and now is a producer on the Today Show, and she has been working hard to get the network to pay attention. Until a national newspaper or Fox covers it, it's not a "real" story. No one does investigative work anymore. Read this Wall Street Journal article and try reaching out to the reporter -- Nicholas Casey at -- I haven't been able to get a rise out of him, but you might. I'm working with one of his colleagues on a separate but related story. Again, if you two and Cindy and some of our other Texans worked together on a concerted story pitch, it might help. I'll be happy to assist.
Comment by Renee Vorbach on December 7, 2010 at 9:19pm
Yes Jeff.. I talked Sunday to a reporter from a new online newspaper who is going to do a story on John being missing.. Don't know when it is going up, but she did PR for some of the elections here and has connections that she is going to send the story to. You said you have names from NBC and Wall Street Journal.. can you drop a word in the proper ears there????
Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on December 7, 2010 at 9:14pm
I would get a phone, email, fax campaign going, and make sure you keep all the Texas media in the loop. Use Facebook, Twitter, and, of course, The Missing Americans Project to build awareness and outrage. Reach out to reporters who gave favorable coverage to the Hartleys. Also, tap into church groups, Tea Partiers, whoever you can find in the state who is long on outrage.

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