U.S. Consulate Employee Killed in Mexican Border State

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The incident took place last week when local authorities in Tijuana received a report of a missing person, 35-year-old Edgar Flores Santos, a Mexican national who worked as an employee of the U.S. Consulate for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to information released by the Baja California Attorney General’s office (FGE), authorities discovered Flores’ body the following afternoon at a ranch on the outskirts of Tijuana. Investigators also found his government-issued vehicle. It remains unclear where the victim was taken from initially, however, he was wearing his work clothes.

Initially, state authorities revealed that Flores was shot nine times. The statement was later adjusted to say he suffered a deadly knife attack.

In the aftermath, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau expressed his condolences and said that they would work to bring justice.

According to the local TV station XEWT, state investigators arrested two men connected to the case who are initially facing street-level drug charges. It remains unclear if authorities will charge them with murder or if other suspects are being sought.

Zeta Tijuana reports that the area where Flores’ body was discovered is considered dangerous and that local officials previously requested more patrolling by state authorities.