U.S. citizen who went missing was found dead in Matamoros, Tamaulipas

 “MX” for Borderland Beat

Lizbeth Flores

A woman from Los Frenos, Texas, was found dead in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, on Tuesday. According to the Brownsville Police Department, Lizbeth Flores (age 23) was reported missing the day before after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into Matamoros via the Veterans International Bridge on Sunday. Local journalists said that Flores had crossed to Matamoros to visit her boyfriend.

Mexican authorities confirmed that Flores died from head trauma from a big rock found at the crime scene. But they also said that she was tortured. The young woman had bruises across her body, had some of her scalped detached and teeth removed by force. It was not confirmed by press time if investigators suspected the murder was cartel-related.

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Flores was found dead at the scene; the large rock seen in the picture
The murder occurred in Libramiento Emilio Portes Gil in Matamoros 

Flores’s mother, who decided to be interviewed without revealing her name, expressed feeling powerless after not receiving immediate help from local authorities. She claims that her daughter was kidnapped and murdered after being the victim of extortion and robbery by an alleged cell of kidnappers operating in Matamoros. Flores’s family members were referred to the Mexican Consulate in Brownsville for further assistance on the incident.

Though Flores’s mother did not specify the group’s name, the drug cartel operating in the area is the Gulf Cartel (CDG). The Matamoros faction’s suspected leader is Raúl García Martínez (“Escorpion 2”). One of his closest associates is Carlos Martinez Perez (“El Cuate”), son-in-law of former Gulf Cartel and Los Zetas boss Osiel Cardenas Guillen.

Sources: The Brownsville Herald; Periodico Contacto; KRGV; Valley Central; Noticias Ya