Elizabeth Martinez Cigarroa: Woman found dead in car after mystery date
Mexican woman Elizabeth Martinez Cigarroa's body was found naked and curled up in her car boot in Tijuana, Mexico. The 25-year-old business graduate was reported missing on February 14. Her family reported that she had gone to a beachside hotel to meet a mystery American man on Valentine's Day. As they did not hear from Elizabeth after that, they reported her, as well as her vehicle, as missing.
Three days after Elizabeth was reported missing, her white Jeep Liberty was located. She was found naked in the fetal position with obvious signs of violence. Elizabeth was identified by her relatives, but her brother Francisco expressed his frustration that the search alert was not activated in the State Attorney General's Office immediately because of the policy to wait for 24 hours after a disappearance to start an investigation.
"We have been looking for my sister since Tuesday, she disappeared in the afternoon because she no longer answered the calls, I dialed her and my mom also dialed her and did not answer. She went out with an American person, she says she was going to see him for a few hours, she didn't come back and my mom was worried," Francisco told La Jornada.
He revealed that because the investigation did not start until 24 hours after her disappearance, they decided to start a search through social networks and the page 'SOS Ni One more'. "We went to the prosecutor's office, they did nothing. They said they had to wait 24 hours so they could investigate, if it wasn't for us we wouldn't find it," added Francisco.
He continued, "There are already two or three cases that happen the same way, the same guy who killed my sister, killed two other people here around the corner, I know because the girls have told me, he has the same characteristics, he comes here to kill and leaves. It is a person who is killing women, it is a person who speaks to them in the restaurant of that hotel, goes to that bar and from there kills them, as my sister was pretty, for that reason he killed her."
#TIJUANA| El hermano de Elizabeth Martínez Cigarroa, joven localizada sin vida tras ser reportada como desaparecida, cuenta el proceso que vivió su familia durante la búsqueda de la víctima. pic.twitter.com/FQGARojfPq— Alfredo Alvarez (@AlfredoAlvarezz) February 18, 2022
Speaking about his sister, Francisco said, "My sister was calm and smiling, she was a good person, and had no problems with anyone. She was a student and had already graduated from International Business." Elizabeth's family member, Eliel Rincon Cigarroa, confirmed her death through a Facebook post that read, "To inform you that my sister has already been located, unfortunately she was found dead. I appreciate everyone who shared and cared. Thank you very much for your show of support."
Elizabeth's university, INIDE, Tijuana, posted a tribute to her on Facebook with the caption, "We join the pain of the terrible loss of the student Elizabeth Martinez Cigarroa [heart emoji]. To family and friends we extend our deepest condolences."
The State Attorney General's Office is reportedly investigating the case, but no further details have been released. "Femicide, the gender-based killing of women, has been rife in Mexico for decades. Most notorious was a wave of murders when 400 women were killed in another border city, Ciudad Juárez, in the 1990s," reports the New York Post.