Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat
|Fanny Gabriela Gómez Castellanos and Santos González Casillas
Two people have been arrested in
the case of Los Angeles firefighter, Francisco Aguilar, who went missing from
Rosarito, Mexico, in August.
Details are not yet available,
but the arrests were said to have been taken place last night, while the
suspects were driving on the highway connecting Rosarito Beach, where Aguilar
has a home, and Tijuana.
Baja California state attorney
general office say the detained duo were the last two people seen with Aguilar.
Using only initials for their
last name as is customary in Mexico, the suspects have been identified only as
Santos ‘N’ and Fanny ‘N.’
Aguilar’s daughters, Amaris and
Bella, said that when the Rosarito property was checked, which Aguilar rents
out, after he was missing, the property had been totally ransacked.
AG says that Aguilar had a date with
Gomez to entice him into a trap where she and Gonzales kidnapped him.
His truck, motorcycle, laptop are
among the items still missing, along with Aguilar.
From Zeta Tijuana (Zetas is one
of the rare Mexican newsites that will publish full names of suspects):
Thursday, October 8, a couple was
arrested for allegedly behind the disappearance of Frank Aguilar, the
firefighter from Los Angeles, California, who was abducted on August 20.
Among the evidence seized were the bank card of the missing person, however,
the person remains without being located.
At a press conference held on
Friday, October 9, Hiram Sánchez Zamora, central prosecutor of the State
Attorney General’s Office (FGE) reported that at around 7:20 pm on Thursday,
Fanny “N” and Santos “N” were arrested.
They are Fanny Gabriela Gómez
Castellanos, 32 years old, and Santos González Casillas, 27 years old.
At the conference, Sánchez
explained that the FGE agents arrested them on the free highway to Playas de
Rosarito, after an intense investigation, when reviewing their belongings, they
found the bank card of Francisco Michael Aguilar Cornejo, better known as Frank
“The bank card belonging to Frank
was found among their belongings and they were subsequently questioned about
Frank’s whereabouts, after which they flatly denied having knowledge of the
disappearance and denied knowing Frank,”said the Central Prosecutor.
The complaint of the
disappearance was filed by Alfredo Rubén Cornejo Trujillo, the victim’s uncle,
who reported that his nephew arrived from Los Angeles at a house in Playas de
Tijuana on August 20. They spoke on the phone and he promised to accompany him
the next day, to help him make repairs to his home in San Antonio del Mar. But
he never arrived.
The complainant added that the
night before Frank told him that he was going to see a friend in the Misión del
Mar subdivision, in Playas de Rosarito and since then his whereabouts have been
Through the investigations, it
was concluded that on the afternoon of August 20, Frank agreed to leave a bar
near his home to Misión del Mar, to meet Fanny.
Investigators located bloodstains
on the public highway, near the point where the meeting took place, and expert
evidence determined that the blood was from Frank Aguilar.
Neighbors of the town reported
that on the night of August 20, detonations of a firearm were heard, for which
it is presumed that the victim was shot.
“Fanny summoned Frank to the
Misión del Mar neighborhood in Playas de Rosarito, while Santos was to abduct
him.” said the state official.
Frank Aguilar’s house in Tijuana
had been ransacked and his vehicle or motorcycle was no longer there.
For this reason, the couple
arrested and face the charge of forced disappearance of persons, which has a
penalty of 25 to 50 years in prison.
Because Frank Aguilar has not yet
been located, authorities will continue to investigate the case until they can
locate the Los Angeles firefighter and investigate if there are more people
We continue working on its
location, we hope that now that we have the people who participated in it, they
will provide more information that will allow us to locate him, concluded the
Both detainees have so far
refused to declare the location of Frank Aguilar, so according to the law, the
Prosecutor’s Office can charge them only with allegedly being responsible for
the forced disappearance committed by individuals, as they refuse to talk about
the location of the body or of the victim.
Sánchez Zamora specified that the
vehicles of the retired firefighter have not yet been located, both the truck
and his motorcycle, although he stressed that the crime of forced disappearance
carries a penalty of between 25 and 50 years in prison.