The FBI has joined the search for three American women who have been missing in Mexico for two weeks. Maritza Trinidad Perez Rios, 47, Marina Perez Rios, 48, and their friend, Dora Alicia Cervantes Saenz, 53, crossed the border from Texas to sell clothes in a market.
The trio entered Mexico on February 24 from Penitas, a border town on the Rio Grande near McAllen. Peñitas police chief Roel Bermea said the husband of one of the women spoke to her on the phone while she was traveling in Mexico, but became concerned when he was unable to contact her afterward. The three women have not been heard from since.
The FBI is in contact with the Mexican authorities, who have been investigating their disappearance since February. The state prosecutor's office has also been investigating. In the meantime, five men have been arrested and handed over by the Gulf Cartel as the alleged perpetrators of the recent kidnapping of four Americans who traveled to allegedly undergo plastic surgery and were caught in a shootout in Matamoros, Tamaulipas.