The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of an American woman who was kidnapped in the western Mexico state of Colima.
María del Carmen López, 63, has been missing since February 9 when she was taken by force from her home in the Colima municipality of Pueblo Nuevo, the FBI’s Los Angeles field office announced Thursday.
Zonia López, one of the missing woman’s seven children, told NBC4 that neighbors witnessed the moment she was abducted by several individuals who had their faces covered.
‘They got off of the truck, they had hoods on their heads and they exchanged some words,’ she said. ‘They said they did hear my mom say and plead that she was not going to go with them.’
U.S. citizen María del Carmen López was kidnapped from her home in Colima, Mexico, on February 9, according to the FBI
The captors, Zonia López said, sent a video in which her mother appears begging her loved ones to pay a ransom secure her freedom.
DailyMail.com has been unable to confirm the amount that kidnappers are seeking and reached out to Zonia López for comment.
She took to Facebook to share a poster that the FBI put out with three images of her mother and urged the public to provide information that would help authorities locate her.
Her mother, who was born in Mexico, regularly traveled back and forth between Los Angeles and Colima. Her husband was attending a doctor’s appointment in Los Angeles when she was kidnapped.
‘We need our mother back! We need your help!’ Zonia López wrote. ‘We need our mother back.’
María del Carmen López was kidnapped by multiple individuals on February 9 in the western Mexican city of Pueblo Nuevo. The 63-year-old holds dual U.S.-Mexico citizenship and regularly traveled between Los Angeles and Pueblo Nuevo
News of María del Carmen López kidnapping comes as the U.S. State Department warned Americans against traveling to Mexico for spring break.
‘U.S. citizens should exercise increased caution in the downtown areas of popular spring break locations including Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, and Tulum, especially after dark,’ the warning read.
The State Department also raised the alert that U.S. citizens ‘have become seriously ill or died in Mexico after using synthetic drugs or adulterated prescription pills.’
Latavia McGee and Eric James were rescued by security forces Tuesday morning
Shaheed Woodard and Zindell Brown, two of the Americans kidnapped in Mexico, were found dead Tuesday
Sisters Marina Pérez (left) and Maritza Pérez (right), both of Peñitas, Texas, were kidnapped with their friend Alicia Cervantes in the northeastern Mexican border town of Montemorelos on February 24 They crossed into Mexico to sell clothes at flea market three hours away from the border
Dora Cervantes went missing with two friends in Nuevo León, Mexico, on February 24
Four Americans were kidnapped March 3 by Gulf Cartel members who allegedly confused them with Haitian smugglers in the Mexican northeastern border town of Matamoros.
Latavia McGee, who traveled there for a liposuction, and Eric James were rescued from a stash house four days later. McGee’s cousin, Shaeed Woodward, and Zindell Brown, were found dead inside the property.
Texas sisters Maritza Pérez, 47, and Marina Pérez, 48, both of Peñitas, and their friend Dora Cervantes, 53, vanished after driving across the border to sell clothes at a flea market in Montemorelos, Nuevo León, on February 24.
María Ramírez told KRGV she has spoken with authorities in Mexico and hopes that they will not stop searching for her mother, Marina Pérez, her aunt and their friend.
‘I hope they don’t give up on my mom and on my tia [aunt] and on Dora because we are waiting for them to come back home,’ she said.