Centre Daily Times (Sunday)

Disappeara­nces rise on Mexico’s ‘highway of death’

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As many as 50 people are missing after setting out on three-hour car trips this year between Mexico’s industrial hub of Monterrey and the border city of Nuevo Laredo on a well-traveled stretch of road local media have dubbed “the highway of death.”

Relatives say family members simply vanished. The disappeara­nces, and last week’s shooting of 15 apparently innocent bystanders in Reynosa, suggest Mexico is returning to the dark days of the 20062012 drug war when cartel gunmen often targeted the general public as well as one another.

As many as half a dozen of those who disappeare­d on the highway are believed to be U.S. citizens or residents.

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