Marine reservist kidnapped in Mexico, FBI seeks public's help
June 3rd, 2013
10:11 PM ET

Marine reservist kidnapped in Mexico, FBI seeks public's help

By Jill Dougherty

The FBI is turning to the public for any information about the apparent kidnapping in Mexico of a U.S. Marine reservist.

Armando Torres, III was kidnapped, along with his father and uncle, by armed men in La Barranca, Tamaulipas, Mexico, on May 14, the FBI said.

Torres drove across the International Port of Entry Bridge at Progresso, Texas, to visit his father's ranch in La Barranca, Tamaulipas, the FBI said.

Shortly after he arrived at the ranch, armed gunmen entered the ranch and took Torres, as well as his father, Armando Torres II, and his uncle, Salvador Torres, by force, the FBI said.

The father and uncle are Mexican citizens and the three have not been seen or heard from since.

The state prosecutor's office in Mexico's Tamaulipas state told CNN that neighbors said the apparent kidnapping could be tied to a land dispute involving the Marine's father.

Torres, of Baytown, Texas, is a corporal in the Marine Individual Ready Reserve.

The State Department is aware of reports that a U.S. citizen had been kidnapped in Mexico, an agency official not authorized to speak for full attribution told CNN.

"The U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros is working with Mexican authorities to obtain more information. Due to privacy considerations, we cannot provide further information," the official said.

Mexican authorities have launched an investigation and the FBI has opened an international kidnapping investigation.

It is requesting anyone with information to contact the FBI-Brownsville Resident Agency Office.

-CNN en EspaƱol's Rene Hernandez contributed to this report.

soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. zncxhyAY

    11747 wellensteyn jacken damen

    October 24, 2013 at 5:19 am | Reply
  2. SPChavoc

    Mexico is off limits for Military Personal... Tamaulipas is seized by the cdg

    June 9, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  3. SPChavoc

    Whats wrong with him, .. MEXICO is Off limits for Military personal CDG domains all over Tamaulipas...

    June 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Reply
  4. oSiRis

    RV: look around Rio Grande, potentially Guadalupe

    June 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Reply
  5. DIRK

    He is just a mexican

    June 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • Roberta Martin

      He is not just a Mexican he is a United States Marine. You know the people that fight the battles you're too cowardly to.... oopsie did I just say that outloud?

      June 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  6. Hypatia

    This was one dumbazz move on the part of the kidnappers.

    June 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  7. Kfaz

    Exactly as military personal, you are told "don't go there". Use some common sense. Mexico is no longer some wanted vacation stop, it's a hostile place. Filled with crime, drug lords and kidnapping for dollars. Why would you go there?

    June 5, 2013 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Either learn to read or at least try to understand what you. He went home!!!!!!

      June 5, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Cause dey no make no tacos here like dey do in da old country

      June 7, 2013 at 12:44 am | Reply
  8. Thinker

    Another top secret CIA mission. Now you see him, now you you don't.

    June 5, 2013 at 3:21 am | Reply
    • Hypatia

      Get the good tin foil. You old hat is misfiring.

      June 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  9. desert voice

    These "land disputes" are very common in those areas. I know nothing about this case, of course. All I know that those disputes sometimes involve city officials who might know something. What may lead to some clue, is that they usually lead to the area"s City Hall. There are often key City Hall officials, who sign the property papers to officials connected to government. I recall in the 1970's I became an involuntary participant in one such "transaction" in Livingston, Guatemala, which is not far away from Mexico. It was something like from the Old West movies. We were walking on the center of the dirt paved Main Street, heading to the Livingston City Hall. All was carefully prearranged. Looked like a movie, but was real life. The three VIP's walked in front, with revolvers in their holsters. They head other weapons hidden. I a casual visitor, related to one of them, walked on one side, without any weapon. The City Hall official was waiting. Greeted us, looked "furtively" at me, and said: that the "land deal was ready. He also said something Machiavellian that I to this day still remember. He said in response to one of my "friends" inquiry :"Do not worry: here the deals we do not want to make, we complicate." This, I was later told, was an assurance that no "commie" will get a land deal in there. If this case involves land deals, I would be paying a visit to the local City Hall or Land Office.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  10. SolarMoon

    Our wonderful neighbor to the south.

    June 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  11. Heather

    Precisely why United States Marines are told to NEVER travel to Mexico.

    June 4, 2013 at 11:07 am | Reply
    • USMC1371

      He wasn't going on vacation or partying he went home it's allowed.

      June 4, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  12. Yuck

    A Mexican American who is willing to fight for our country,and people put us minority down and get all the blames that whites have done in this country...whites stop blaming others and look at yourself and see what damage you guys are creating in this country and around the world.

    June 4, 2013 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • massoud

      White Pride !

      June 6, 2013 at 1:43 am | Reply
  13. ladyjag

    Why go to Mexico, you are going to be kidnapped or killed. The people of Mexico, need to get handle on how people are treated. You will never see me going there. If they lose business maybe they can get protection from like this happening.

    June 4, 2013 at 7:42 am | Reply
  14. john smith

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a brutal dictator Shah. America helped Shah of Iran to establish secret police and killed thousands of Iranian people.
    During Iran-Iraq war evil America supported Suddam Hossain and killed millions of Iranian people. In 1989, America, is the only country ever, shot down Iran's civilian air plane, killing 290 people.
    In 2003,America invaded Iraq and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and 4,000,000+ Iraqi people were displaced.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. Its debt will be 22 trillion by 2015.

    June 4, 2013 at 1:59 am | Reply
    • Please cite references

      1) Your number is a little high, what is your referrences for the sixty countries invaded?
      2) True on Operation Ajax
      3) What are your sources with US collusion with the SAVAK. How is the SAVAK different from what the IGRC does now?
      4) True, the US supported Saddam Hussein (a great irony of course, not two years later after the end of the Iraq-Iran war we had to intervene to defend Kuwait
      5) False, the Soviets shotdown KAL007 two years earlier with just as many killed.
      6) Please cite your source about millions killed.
      7) True, but I doubt your definition of what "failed state" is.

      I can tell by your lack of syntactical and grammatical correctness that you are a foreign-born critic of the United States. Where may I ask are you posting from? It will put my response in the proper context.

      June 4, 2013 at 3:21 am | Reply
    • Jared

      Was it all of America's fault? or was it just the United States? Also in 1989 I was 1 years old so does that mean as a baby I'm responsible for the actions of the leaders on the continent of America? No of course not, it's way more complicated than that...

      June 4, 2013 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • Democracy4All

      Yes, as you can see ridding the world of evil is a lot of work. And if you don't do it, we will.

      June 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • Kfaz

      I hope you are not an American Citizen, living in America, taking advantage of all your rights and freedoms at the expense of people like my husband serving over 30 years to protect those rights...and then you post something like "america is root of all evil?" You should not be allowed to live here. If you believe that, leave.

      June 5, 2013 at 10:49 am | Reply

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