The last four bodies found in Mexico are likely to be those of missing Cincinnati, Ohio architect Jose Gutierrez, whose parents are traveling to the location to provide DNA samples.
FOX 19 reported that Gutierrez’s siblings said the family would find out the results of the DNA test on Monday. His parents, who live in Mexico, had traveled to the state of Zacatecas days earlier to provide DNA samples to authorities.
Jose Gutierrez, a 36-year-old architect from the Cincinnati area who was last seen riding the bike while visiting his fiancee in December, was seen last week in Zacatecas, bearing bullet holes and a flat tyre. Officials said four bodies were found buried near the vehicle.
The other three bodies have since been confirmed to be Gutierrez’s fiancée, Daniela Pichardo, as well as Pichardo’s sister and cousin, FOX 19 reported. The identity of the fourth remained pending.
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The eldest of seven siblings, Gutierrez was born in Mexico.
He reportedly earned a master’s degree from the University of Miami and was employed as an architect by a Cincinnati-based firm. He was last seen at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport on December 22, when he left to visit his fiancée in Mexico, in what his family says was a routine visit. The date of marriage of both was fixed in 2023.
His sister, Brandi Gutierrez, told the outlet that was the last she heard from her brother before he, his fiancee and her sister and cousin went out to eat and never returned that night.
The family feared they had been abducted and sought assistance from the FBI and other US government officials, including Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who reportedly was in constant contact with relatives.
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The US State Department advisory for Mexico warns that “violent crime – such as murder, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery – is widespread and common.”
For the state of Zacatecas specifically, it says, “Do not travel because of crime and kidnapping.” “Violent crime, extortion and gang activity are widespread in the state of Zacatecas. US citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnapping,” the alert said.