Three American women missing in Mexico

(AFP File Photo)

Three American women who went to Mexico to sell clothes at a market have been missing for more than two weeks, the police chief in a small Texas town said Saturday.

Marina Perez Rios, 48, her sister Maritza Trinidad Perez Rios, 47, and their friend Dora Alicia Cervantes Saenz, 53, crossed into Mexico on February 24, the chief said.

The women, who live in Texas, had planned to go to a market in Montemorelos in northeastern Mexico, Roel Bermea, the police chief in the border town of Penitas, told AFP.

“We don’t know if they made it there,” Bermea said.

After days without news, the husband of one of the women reported their disappearance to the Penitas police.

The reasons for their disappearance remain unknown.

The FBI has been notified, Bermea said.

On Monday, four Americans were kidnapped, and two of them killed, in Matamoros, also in northeastern Mexico.

They were seeking medical treatment in Mexico, a popular destination for medical tourism, before being targeted by gunfire and kidnapped by armed men.

On Friday, Mexican authorities announced the arrest of five suspects in the case.

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