Mexican police find the body of a missing woman in a water tank

Mexico City — The unforgettable story of a young woman left by the highway late at night in northern Mexico ended in tragedy after her disintegration was found in a motel’s groundwater tank.

Ricardo Messiah, assistant secretary general for public security, said on Friday that the woman’s body was clearly unrecognizable after being submerged in water for nearly two weeks, but that night the cross necklace and clothes worn by Devanhi Escobar. He said he was wearing.

And the story ends in a common way in Mexico, even though authorities in the northern border states of Nuevo Leon described it as her extensive search: her rotten body was discovered by locals. When

“Hotel workers have issued a warning because of the stink from the aquarium,” said Media.

The story of Debanhi Escobar became a hot topic because of an unforgettable photo taken by the driver who was supposed to take her home that night. It was not clear why she got out of her car.

The driver, who was working for a taxi application, took a picture on April 8 in the suburbs of Monterrey to show that Escobar got out of the car alive. There was a young woman standing alone by the highway at night, wearing a skirt and high-top sneakers.

This image seemed to show the tremendous vulnerability and self-confidence, or despair of a young woman.

No one saw her until the end of Thursday, when investigators were able to pull her body out of a 12-foot deep sea water tank near the roadside motel pool.

Escobar’s father, Mario Escobar, told reporters gathered outside the crime scene that he was convinced that Devanhi had died.

“My daughter is dead. I don’t know what to do,” Escobar said. “The prosecutor did not get their job done right.”

Authorities do not say how her body was caught in the underground tank. This is a common feature of Mexico where the local water system is not pressurized and all households must have a tank to store the inflowing water for later use.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Friday that the incident “logically caused a lot of worries, a lot of worries” among Mexicans.

Critics are worried by the fact that investigations are rarely very timely and efficient, even if authorities are urged to act by public protests.

During the week when the prosecutor searched for Devanhi with a team of 200 investigators and dogs, her body actually lay not far from where she was last seen.

The president promised to help the prosecution find the culprit, but in fact, the number of female killings has increased in recent years, rising from 977 in 2020 to 1,015 in 2021. In Mexico, it is used when a woman is killed for gender. Overall female murders are much higher.

Just before Devanhi disappeared, another woman was killed in Monterey. Maria Fernanda Contreras, 27 years old. In that case, the suspect (apparently a female friend or acquaintance) was arrested.

And during the week when authorities were searching for Debanhi, local media reported that the bodies of five other women and girls were found in the state. All victims were reported missing at about the same time as Devanhi, four were found to be under the age of 16 and all were found dead.

Maria de la Rus Estrada of the activist group National Femicide Observatory said it was a depressing pattern. When a woman disappears, she dies.

“It’s very serious and sad, but it’s a pattern of recent years, and disappearance is a femicide-like crime,” Estrada said of the Debani case.

Associated Press