Mexican Police Intensify Search for Missing Politician Diego Fernández de Cevallos

Mexican politician Diego Fernández de Cevallos.
Mexican politician Diego Fernández de Cevallos.

Mexican politician Diego Fernández de Cevallos.
Mexican politician Diego Fernández de Cevallos.

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Top Story — Mexican police say they have intensified the search for missing politician and former presidential candidate Diego Fernández de Cevallos, who was kidnapped last week near his ranch in the central state of Querétaro.

Fernández, a lawyer who ran for president in 1994 as part of the National Action Party (PAN), was taken from his Hummer Friday and prosecutors said they had found “signs of violence” in the vehicle.

The search for Fernández has been widened from the state of Querétaro to the entire country of Mexico. Police and soldiers have searched the rural region around Fernández’ ranch as well as local hospitals.

“I want to send a message to all of you and to Diego Fernández de Cevallos himself, if there is a way for him to know: his children are strong, they are firm and confronting this situation with great resolve and courage,” said Mexican President Felipe Calderón from a summit meeting of European and Latin American leaders in Spain, according to Reuters.

No one has yet to contact police or the Fernández de Cevallos family with ransom demands or with any information as to the politician’s whereabouts.

This kidnapping comes days after the murder of mayoral candidate in Valle Hermoso, José Guajardo Varela and his son. Guajardo Varela had received threats to drop-out of the race in a town only 30 miles south of Brownsville, Texas.

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