According to the governor of a Mexican state, two of the four Americans who were kidnapped in Mexico last week at gunpoint are dead and the other two are still alive.
Armed men abducted four US citizens on March 3 as they entered the city of Matamoros in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, which is separated from Texas by a border.
Relatives told US media that they had been there for cosmetic surgery.
US authorities have not yet confirmed the fatalities.
Américo Villarreal Anaya, the governor of Tamaulipas, declared at a press conference that the two fatalities had been verified by the office of the Attorney General of Mexico.
Two males were discovered dead, but a third man and a lady were safe and in the care of the police, a Mexican official told Reuters.
“Ambulances and security people,” according to Mr. Villarreal, were their route to provide medical assistance to the survivors.
The Tamaulipas State Attorney General announced in a statement that the Americans were detected as a result of cooperative search activities, but it did not provide further information on how they were discovered.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico expressed his regret that this incident took place in his nation and sent his sympathies to the victims’ families, friends, and the American government. He added that his country would continue to do its part to ensure peace and tranquility.
The Americans were Latavia “Tay” McGee, Shaeed Woodard, Eric James Williams, and Zindell Brown, according to CBS News, the BBC’s US media partner.
The four were traveling in a white minivan with North Carolina license plates through Matamoros, a 500,000-person city located right across the border from Brownsville, Texas, when unidentified assailants opened fire, according to the FBI this week.
They may be seen being loaded into a pickup truck by armed guys in a video. While others are carried to the truck while appearing to be unconscious, one is manhandled aboard it.
Last Friday’s event resulted in the death of a Mexican woman who was allegedly just a bystander.
The incident was referred to as a “confrontation between armed organizations” by Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Investigators believe that a Mexican drug gang possibly mistaken the Americans for Haitian drug runners, according to an unnamed US official reported by CNN.
According to reports, Ms. McGee was on her way to the border town in Mexico to undergo a tummy tuck, a technique for removing abdominal fat.
She had been asked not to travel, but her mother Barbara Burgess told ABC News that her daughter had reassured her that she would be safe.
In exchange for the Americans’ safe return, the FBI had offered a reward of $50,000 (£42,000).
The US State Department warns travelers not to travel to six Mexican states, including Tamaulipas, because of “crime and kidnapping.” Matamoros is located in one of these states.
Medical travel is popular, especially among residents of US border states.
But because drug cartels have extensive control over the state of Tamaulipas and have the ability to exert greater influence than local law enforcement, Matamoros is one of the most dangerous cities in the nation.