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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 Richard Bowie on December 3, 2010 at 7:04pm
it harder but I understand it can be done -track phone number would hit a tower on the us side -do you know the phone company he bought it from?
Comment by Deborah Parks on December 3, 2010 at 6:13pm
Richard he had a pre pay type cell phone. Can they find info on these phones?
Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on December 3, 2010 at 5:57pm
Renee, Deborah: Have you engaged your Senators and Congressmen? I have found (and it has been confirmed from folks inside State) that the only way to get attention is for them to be inundated with calls from Sens and Reps. I would advise getting a phone campaign going in Texas and anywhere else that you have concentrations of friends and family.
Comment by Richard Bowie on December 3, 2010 at 5:42pm
ok so is the phone company american or mexican -there is a way to locate the phone if its still on -they may also be able to go back in the records and locate it at its last use....
Comment by Deborah Parks on December 3, 2010 at 5:39pm
No Renee this did happen on Wed. night in Matamoros. It is a mess there and now I cant get hold of the American Cons. office again. Got thru one time and no one has called me back. Cant even get anyone from the State Dept. to return my calls.
Comment by Renee Vorbach on December 2, 2010 at 4:46pm
That sounds like the same report that was released for the original fighting on Nov. 5.. I hadn't heard anything new from today yet. Yesterday there was fighting in Reynosa and Tampico, but nothing was reported for Matamoros yesterday.... Oh crap... I found it.... it's the same as last month.... guess it was too late for last night's news report....
Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on December 2, 2010 at 3:17pm
For what it's worth, some news from Matamoros:
Mexican troops clashed with gunmen from the Gulf cartel and Los Zetas in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state, along the Mexican border with the United States, The Brownsville Herald reported Dec. 2. Tractor-trailers blocked various avenues and main thoroughfares in an effort to prevent military vehicles from reaching the city, an unnamed Mexican law enforcement source said. The Los Tomates-Veterans International Bridge to Brownsville was shut down by authorities, a Mexican military source said. Mexican Marines, army troops and Federal Police were deployed throughout Matamoros, and military helicopters flew overhead. The fighting reportedly began when members of Los Zetas attempted to enter the city and the Gulf cartel confronted them. Several Gulf cartel strike teams were sent to Matamoros as reinforcements, including the Los Zeros, Los Ms and Los Lobos teams, a source said.
Comment by Deborah Parks on December 2, 2010 at 3:11pm
Richard so far the Mexican authorities are not helpful at all. They and not interested in 1 American getting lost. If we had enough money they would jump right on it. That city is a mess at the moment and no one wants to go asking questions anywhere
Comment by Richard Bowie on December 2, 2010 at 10:12am
perhaps the local sheriff on the american side could help -the phone company will lilkely require a search warrant -are the mexican authorities /police helpfull?
Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on December 2, 2010 at 10:10am
Richard - It's a great question. Do you know if there's any way to get this kind of thing done without relying on the federal government? In my experience, everything the govt needs to be involved in gets ridiculously slowed down....

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