Haunting final photo of missing Mexican woman draws attention to countrywide scandal

A cab driver had allegedly left her in the middle of the road following an argument

Stuti Mishra
Tuesday 19 April 2022 15:16
Comments
<p>The last known photo of the 18-year-old posted on her Instagram account </p>

The last known photo of the 18-year-old posted on her Instagram account

A haunting last photograph of a missing Mexican woman has emerged on social media and is getting widely circulated, drawing attention to the wider problem of missing women in the country.

Debanhi Escobar, 18, was last seen on the night of 8 April in Nuevo León, Mexico, when she took a cab after partying with her friends. She was reported missing the next morning by her parents who noticed that she did not return home.

A cab driver, identified only by his first name Jesus, had allegedly asked the 18-year-old to deboard following an argument and left her in the middle of the road that led to the Tamaulipas border town of Nuevo Laredo early morning on 9 April.

Now a photo has emerged online that shows the 18-year-old standing on a highway alone, wearing a crop top and a skirt, with her hands folded as she looks down the road.

The haunting photograph, clicked by the driver moments before she disappeared, was sent to her friends as proof that she was alive when he asked her to leave at around 5am on 9 April. The photograph was now made public on her Instagram account where updates relating to Ms Escobar’s disappearance are being shared.

The 47-year-old driver, who one of Ms Escobar’s friends had called to drop her off, has been arrested by the police on Tuesday under charges relating to drugs and for more information on the 18-year-old’s disappearance.

The driver, who worked for a ridesharing service, had his app turned off during the trip and was called as he was trusted by the friend. However, according to local media, he had been investigated for harassment and attempted kidnapping of women in the past.

Ms Escobar was seen entering the site of Alcosa Transportes Internacionales, a trucking company, moments after the driver left her stranded in the surveillance camera footage. However, she was never seen exiting the cargo company site.

Authorities have been carrying out a frantic search to locate Ms Escobar, who has become another addition to the long list of missing women in Mexico.

Seven women are reported missing in the country everyday with most cases centred in regions of Mexico State, Morelos, Jalisco, and Nuevo León, according to data analysed by Mexico’s National Missing Persons Commission.

At least 18 alerts were issued for the disappearance of young people in the entity in the first quarter of 2022, a list that includes minors between 12 and 15 years of age.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in