EL CONTROL, Mexico – The mother of three U.S. citizens still has hope that her children will return safely home after going missing for two weeks in northern Mexico. She said there is no word on their whereabouts.
Raquel Alvarado said that her 26-year-old daughter Erica Alvarado Rivera and her sons, 22-year-old Alex and 21-year-old Jose Angel, traveled on Oct. 13 to El Control, a small town near the Texas border west of Matamoros. They were visiting their father in Mexico.
“The worst thing going through my mind is that I possibly won’t get to see my sons again and my daughter,” she told Action 4 News recently.
She said Monday witnesses saw armed men – identified as members of the Hercules group, a police unit that provides security to Matamoros’ mayor – take her children and she has not heard from them since.
“We don’t know if they are marines or not since there is no paper work, charges or anything,” Alvarado told Action 4 News.
A spokeswoman for the city of Matamoros did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The U.S. Department of State has a travel advisory for parts of northern Mexico, noting that some areas are unsafe.
A spokesman for the U.S. embassy confirmed that U.S. officials are monitoring the case and providing consular assistance.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.