‘Mommy, this man looks very suspicious and gross’: Final WhatsApp message Mexican mother-of-three, 27, sent before she was kidnapped by a taxi driver and held for 16 hours
- Karen Espíndola was back home safe Wednesday and in the company of her family after she was kidnapped a day earlier
- The 27-year-old woman went out for a job interview and boarded a taxi when she alerted her mother via a text message of the driver’s suspicious behavior
- Her concerned mother advised her to get off the vehicle and hail another taxi
- Her brother, Daniel Espíndola, told his followers on his Facebook page that his sister ‘did not arrive in the best conditions’
- Details of her release have not been provided by Mexican authorities and family
A mother-of-three sent a WhatsApp message to her mom saying a taxi driver looked ‘very suspicious and gross’ just moments before her kidnapped her.
Details are still unclear as to how Karen Espíndola returned to her loved ones after she was reported missing Tuesday evening.
A cellphone video showed the moment Mexico City authorities walked her into her apartment building.
Daniel Espíndola took to his Facebook account to let friends, family and other concerned well-wishers know that his sister was safe in the company of her family.
‘Thank you all for the support, Karen Espíndola, my sister is already at home,’ he wrote on Wednesday. ‘She did not arrive in the best conditions but the investigations will continue. I really do not wish this feeling on anyone.’
Miguel Ángel Espíndola told local media outlets that his 27-year-old daughter was returning from a job interview Tuesday evening in the city center when noticed her taxi driver was acting strangely.
On Tuesday, Karen Espíndola texted her mother at 8:21pm local time to tell her that she was outside the General Anaya train station in the Mexico City borough of Coyoacán to take a taxi back home and her mother replied ‘be safe.’ At 8:58 pm, the 27-year-old woman wrote, mommy this man looks very suspicious and gross.’ The concerned parent then responded, ‘get out my love and take another taxi’ and followed by telling her, ‘please send me you real time location’ before her daughter went silent. Espíndola returned to her family Wednesday, but details of her release and/or rescue are unclear
Karen Espíndola was reunited with her family Wednesday afternoon, less than 24 hours after she was kidnapped after boarding a taxi following a job interview in Mexico City
Daniel Espíndola shared a scree grab of Spanish conversation (lower left) between his sister, Karen Espíndola (lower right) and mother
The frightened job seeker contacted her mother via the WhatsApp messaging app at 8:58pm local time and wrote, ‘mommy this man looks very suspicious and gross,’ according to a screen grab of the conversation shared by her brother on his social media accounts.
A couple of seconds elapsed before her worried mother advised her, ‘get out my love and take another taxi.’
The mother followed with another text, instructing her daughter to ‘please send me you real time location.’
Five minutes later passed without Karen Espíndola responding, leading her mother to text her ‘heyyyy.’
Miguel Ángel Espíndola told Radio Formula that the captor(s) turned the phone on at 1am and read the messages before shutting it off.
Daniel Espíndola updated his concerned friends and family members of his kidnapped sister’s return to the family Wednesday
After authorities were notified of her disappearance, the Mexico City Attorney General’s office launched an emergency alert for her search.
At least 1,533 people have been kidnapped in Mexico during the first 10 months of 2019, including 152 in the month of October.
Karen Espíndola (pictured), according to her brother, ‘did not arrive in the best conditions’ after she was back home with her family less than 24 hours after she was kidnapped in Mexico City