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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 November 13, 2011 at 6:41pm

Yes, it is Jeff....

Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on November 13, 2011 at 6:38pm

Rene: Is your ABC affiliate KRGV?  I also think with Perry running for the GOP pres nom, maybe a coordinated press by our Texas families could help elevate the issue. But we're probably talking drastic, visible action, like a march on Austin. Maybe reach out to Tiffany Hartley and try to build on the work her and Robert's family have been doing. Texas is ground zero.























Comment by Renee Vorbach on November 13, 2011 at 3:03pm

Thank you both for your comments, I was beginning to think I was being paranoid. Our local ABC affiliate channel 5 is running a monthly series on this entire issue... I have no clue why the national ABC has not done anything about spreading the contents of this excellent series. These reporters have spend hundreds of hours on their reports and film about it. It's like there is a giant wall around the border area... "If we don't see it, it is not happening... and if it is not happening, then there is nothing to worry about!" seems to be the opinion... Last night the report is how this "border war" has spread to Houston.... It's time that the nation wakes up before it is in their backyard!!

Comment by Kristine Wylie on November 13, 2011 at 12:00pm

I live in Abilene Texas it's never been on the news here. Until I joined this group I knew there was fighting going on in Mexico but never knew how bad it really was  

Comment by Jeff Dunsavage on November 12, 2011 at 3:01pm

It doesn't make the national news, I'm sorry to say. If you live in the NY metro area, you're more likely to be reading about the Penn State mess than about the sorry and dangerous conditions on our southern border. We need Texans, New Mexicans, Arizonans, and Californians to engage in a more concerted effort to build awareness and action. It's not easy, but it's the only way anything real will happen.

Comment by Renee Vorbach on November 12, 2011 at 3:04am

It has now been a year since John disappeared.. and we have no more information now about what happened than we did a year ago. We just see the statistics of missing and killed continue to rise. The news reports that members of the various groups fighting in Mexico are moving their families to "safe zones" in the U.S. all along the border from California to Texas. Does any of this make headlines beyond the border states?

Comment by Renee Vorbach on October 15, 2011 at 1:29pm

This was recently posted online... tell me this is not a war zone.... Matamoros in on the Rio Grande, a bridge span away from Brownsville TX....

Comment by Renee Vorbach on October 15, 2011 at 3:58am

John's mother put in another request to the American Consulate to ask the police in Matamoros for the status update. They said they would file a formal request with the police, but so far nothing has been heard back.

Did anyone see any of the report by the two retired generals in front of the congressional committee about the border being a war zone... and see the reaction of our local representatives as they pooh-poohed the idea and said that the area is getting safer.... I wonder what walled compound they live in or are they just trying to protect the reputation of the area for fear it will hurt the tourist business?

Two recent murders here in the valley have been reported as Cartel hits by the POLICE... on the US side of the Rio Grande River, not in Mexico... but the US govt. still says they have the situation under control, and that there are no incursions.....

The news crew at KRGV do almost daily reports on what is happening here but it is like it is reported in a vacuum.... Why is it not carried on the national networks??? How many of these stories have you seen?

And those are just a few from the past few days...

Comment by Renee Vorbach on August 18, 2011 at 3:43pm
Comment by Renee Vorbach on August 11, 2011 at 12:05pm

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