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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

"Superman" Producer Reported Missing in Mexico 18 Replies

Ilya Salkind, the man who first brought Superman to the big screen, has been reported missing in Mexico. Not a lot of details yet. Here's the Fox News story.Continue

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 Renee Vorbach on May 4, 2011 at 6:20pm
Adriana... thanks... I will email you her addy so you can contact her.....
Comment by Adriana Aviles Allen on May 4, 2011 at 1:03pm
renee if farrah wants she can call me or email me.
Comment by Renee Vorbach on May 4, 2011 at 12:16pm
Thank you both.... I will pass them along to Deb...Farah has asked me to call her closer to the time, but when I mentioned it to Deb last night, she said there was not way she would be up to going anywhere for an interview about the 6 mos. or even up to seeing anyone... at least until after they actually figure out what they are going to do with her shoulder. And I have not heard from Farah, they have had her on other stories recently. I will check on that online broadcast, Jeff, since we don't get the BBC on our cable here, but it sounds like maybe something very good can come of it... We will be thinking of you on Tuesday with extra prayers....
Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on May 4, 2011 at 11:58am

Adriana: When you have a minute, you should reach out to Farrah (actually, Renee -- it probably would be a good idea if you did too). She told me she's working on something about families being asked to identify bodies -- might be something you can contribute insight into.


I hope all's going well for you and  your family (as well as can be know what I mean). All these anniversaries are difficult, as are the holidays.  I hadn't realized the 2-year anniversary of Joe's disappearance was so close until I started hearing ads for Mother's Day -- nice association, NOT!

You guys are always in our prayers. Be well and stay strong.


Comment by Adriana Aviles Allen on May 4, 2011 at 10:00am
Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on May 4, 2011 at 7:30am
How sad, Renee. Let Deb know we're thinking about her here in NJ and I will mention her in the blast message I send out this week.

Tuesday it will be 2 years that Joe's gone. I'm going to use the date to launch Phase 2 of my assault the assault on my senators, as well as to announce the start of a national campaign to use the State Department Reauthorization Act to start addressing the larger issues.

I was interviewed by the BBC this week - here's the viewing info. Pls share widely:
You will be able to watch the piece online at from this weekend. It will air on BBC World News at the following times:
Saturday at 0430, 1230 and 1930 and Sunday at 1930 GMT

So I think if my maths are correct it would go out in California at 2030 on Friday, 0430 and 1130 on Saturday and 1130 on Sunday. Sometimes the broadcast times fluctuate if there's any big, breaking news story. "
Comment by Renee Vorbach on May 3, 2011 at 10:51pm
Just heard from John's mother, she fell and broke her shoulder last night. Not sure if they are gonna operate or just going to let it heal in a sling, she's waiting to see the surgeon that operated on her other shoulder. This will be a hard week for her anyway, John has been missing six months on Thursday which is also Cinco de Mayo, a big holiday in Mexico, then of course, Sunday is mother's day.... Please say an extra prayer for Debbie this week.... Thanks....
Comment by Cynthia Scheepstra on April 30, 2011 at 1:22pm

It is true about the FBI...they are "aware" of a lot of things.

They are aware that  my husband went missing 2 years ago.

Have they done anything ?.....If they have it is definitely behind the scenes and has not produced any results

Comment by Adriana Aviles Allen on April 30, 2011 at 11:15am
I agree with Jeff --thats all we get FBi is aware of the case , and ive notified my contacts blah blah blah bunch of nothing
Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on April 30, 2011 at 6:23am
Probably a bit of both. However, "FBI is investigating" may be a euphemism for "FBI is aware of the case"

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