Two American siblings have been reported missing in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León.
Hugo Monfort, 9, and his sister, Aranza Monfort, 16, were last seen Friday after they left a home in Real de San Felipe, a neighborhood in the municipality of García, the Nuevo León State Attorney General’s Office said.
Authorities describe Hugo Monfort as being 3ft6 tall with dark, straight brown hair and dark brown eyes and is missing a tooth on the lower jaw on the right side.
His older sister is 5ft2 with straight dark brown hair and has a brown spot over her right cheek, according to the state prosecutor’s office.
Aranza is said to have been wearing black pants, a pink shirt, a long gray sweater with blue sneakers. She also had a black sweater tied around her waist and was carrying a brown bag.
Nine-year-old American Hugo Monfort and his sister, Aranza Monfort, 16, have been reported missing in Nuevo León, Mexico, after they failed to return to a home they had stepped out of. It’s unknown if the siblings were vacationing or residing in Mexico
Aranza Monfort, 16, and her little brother, Hugo Monfort, 9, went missing Friday in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León. They are the fifth and sixth Americans who have disappeared in Mexico since March 3
DailyMail reached out to the Nuevo León State Attorney General’s Office and the FBI for comment.
It’s unknown if the children were visiting or if they live in Mexico.
The disappearance of the American siblings comes exactly two weeks after the kidnapping of four South Carolina residents – including two who were killed – by an armed wing unit of the Gulf Cartel in the nearby state of Tamaulipas.
Latavia McGee, her cousin Shaeed Woodward and her friends Zindell Brown and Eric James drove into the border town Matamoros and had their vehicle intercepted and shot at.
Gulf Cartel henchmen were seen on video forcing McGee into the flatbed of a pickup truck and dumping the bodies of Woodward, Brown and James in the vehicle.
The three men reportedly joined McGee on the road trip for a Brazilian butt lift.
Security forces rescued McGee and James from a cartel storage shed located six miles away in the town of El Tecolote on March 7. Woodward and Brown were found dead inside the property.
According to Mexican government data, at least 556 U.S. citizens have been reported missing in Mexico since 2001.
The kidnappings of the four Americans spurred Republican Congress members to action, calling for military intervention to combat the violent drug cartels in Mexico.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador snapped back by defending his country’s sovereignty in the days following the abductions and last week criticized the U.S. State Department’s travel warnings that advised U.S. citizens against traveling across the border.
‘Mexico is safer than the United States,’ López Obrador said. ‘There is no problem in traveling safely in Mexico.’
María del Carmen López, who holds dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship, was abducted February 9 from her home in Pueblo Nuevo, a small town in the western state of Colima.
U.S. citizen María del Carmen López was kidnapped from her home in Colima, Mexico, on February 9, according to the FBI
South Carolina residents Latavia McGee and Eric James were rescued by security forces March 7, four days after they were kidnapped in Tamaulipas, Mexico
Shaheed Woodard and Zindell Brown, two of the Americans kidnapped in Mexico on March 3, were found dead four days later
Recently, the mothers of missing Americans, Ernesto Garnica Jr., 28, and Roberto ‘Robert’ Franco Jr., 27, who were both kidnapped in separate incidents in 2017, slammed authorities for not doing enough to search them.
Jeannette Cerecer Ruiz told the New York Post that her son, Garnica Jr., of Brownsville, Texas, was last seen on August 31, 2017, in Matamoros, where he was visiting relatives to celebrate his 23rd birthday.
Days later, his burned out Jeep Liberty was found on the side of a highway connecting Matamoros with nearby Río Bravo. Inside was a dead body that was not Garnica Jr.’s, but has never been identified.
Ernesto Garnica Jr., 28, and Roberto ‘Robert’ Franco Jr., 27, were both kidnapped in separate incidents in 2017, and have not been seen or heard from since
Lisa Torres said her son, Franco Jr., was last seen on July 28, 2017, when he left his home in Pasadena, Texas, to visit relatives in Agualeguas, Nuevo Leon, a city less than 50 miles from Mexico’s border with Texas.
Border officials confirmed he crossed into Mexico, but he never arrived at his destination. Days later, his mother received a phone call with a ransom demand, and she wired thousands of dollars to the kidnappers, but never saw her son again.