The Vanishing: What Happened to the Thousands Still Missing in Mexico?

I was reading this article and the first story that got me thinking was the one about Araceli’s son who is an officer named Juan Lagunilla García. Juan is 24 years old when he disappeared. His last traces before disappearing was when he was checking out of a hotel. Many texts were sent to him, but he never replied. His mother works at a middle school and has been anxious to hear about any leads to her son. She is described in this blog as skinny and is the a result of her waiting anxiously and worried about her son. I found this to be a strong reminder that anyone can be harmed and can dramatically effect the lives of their loved ones. The world we live in today is dangerous, yet it’s very beautiful. But where there’s beauty, there can be anything and we must be prepared for it. People must take extra caution when living or going to different places. Remember that every minute you spend with your loved ones is precious.


Grace Rubenstein | Longreads | April 2016 | 19 minutes (4,634 words)

Somewhere in Mexico, someone knows the answer to the question that drives Araceli García Luna day and night. The person or persons who know might be criminals or government officials—or both. The jagged beige mountains around the northern city of Monterrey, which hold so many horrible secrets, surely know. You would think, given the circumstances, that someone would help her find out.

Araceli lives in a small apartment on the outskirts of Mexico City. She gets up in the morning and goes to work in maintenance at a local middle school, the same job she’s had for 24 years. She comes home by 5 p.m. and stays there, with two of her grown children, her grandson, and a little frizzy-haired dog named Chiquitín. Araceli doesn’t go out anymore—not for events or unnecessary errands. Except that, once every…

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