An Ohio architect, his fiancée, and two of her family members who disappeared on Christmas Day in Mexico have been confirmed useless.
The demise of José Gutiérrez, who was in Mexico for the vacations visiting his fiancée Daniela Pichardo, was introduced Tuesday by his employer Champlin Architecture in a Facebook post.
“We will all miss him more than words can express,” the corporate wrote.
Last week, native authorities in Mexico discovered 4 our bodies and a van riddled with bullet holes within the state of Zacatecas, in line with native information retailers.
Three of the 4 our bodies had been recognized as Pichardo, her sister and her cousin. The fourth physique, belonging to a person, is believed to be Gutiérrez’s stays, Ohio’s Fox 19 news station reported.
Investigators are ready for DNA affirmation earlier than definitively figuring out the stays.
The van had no less than a dozen bullet holes, in addition to blown tires. It’s believed to be the automobile the foursome had been utilizing to journey round Zacatecas, TV Azteca reported.
The households of each Gutiérrez and Pichardo feared they’d been kidnapped after not listening to from both after Christmas day.
Witnesses reported listening to screams of panic and noticed the 4 being pulled right into a van.
The US Department of State lists Zacatecas on its “do not travel to” advisory for Americans attributable to previous abductions and ongoing violence within the space.
“Violent crime, extortion, and gang activity are widespread in Zacatecas state. US citizens and LPRs [lawful permanent residents] have been victims of kidnapping,” the advisory states.
Gutiérrez was born in Mexico earlier than transferring to the US. He acquired his grasp’s diploma from the University of Miami and labored for the Cincinnati-based agency Champlin Architecture.
The agency introduced that it plans to create a scholarship in his title at his alma mater “in order to honor his impact to our firm and the community.”
Gutiérrez and Pichardo had been planning to get married this 12 months.