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    LAFD veteran Francisco Aguilar (48) kidnapped and shot to death while at his condo in Rosarito, Mexico

    https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020...sarito-mexico/

    A 20-year veteran firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department is missing abroad after a weekend trip to Mexico.

    Francisco Aguilar was last heard from on Friday, August 21 after going to his condo in Rosarito, Mexico.

    Loved ones say when Aguilar is away he usually checks in with them, but he has not answered any calls since Friday morning.

    ?As a family, we?re very devastated,? said his daughter Bella. ?This is very unlike him. He has always checked with us whenever he arrives in Mexico.?

    Aguilar?s mother Martha Carmona said the three days since she has heard from her son have felt like a ?nightmare.?

    Aguilar?s brother Gabriel went to Mexico to help search but only found Aguilar?s condo in disarray as if it had been ransacked and his brother?s cars missing.

    ?We haven?t been able to find him and we are fearing for the worst,? Carmona said.

    Authorities in Mexico are investigating Aguilar?s disappearance. The FBI said it is contact with Mexican officials and will continue to provide resources and assistance as needed.
    https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/l...exico/2417561/

    Frank Aguilar has been on medical leave from the LA Fire Department since March, living part-time in Rosarito. Last Thursday he left his condo to meet someone and never came back, his family said.

    His family filed a missing persons report with Tijuana police, and the FBI is helping in efforts to find Aguilar. The LAFD also said they were cooperating with law enforcement efforts.

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    https://abc7.com/firefighter-missing...-lafd/6387571/

    When family members went to check on him they found a concerning scene and no signs of Aguilar.

    "The condo was ransacked, tables were overturned. It was a crazy, crazy episode," daughter Bella Aguilar said. "Vehicles were missing, items were missing. It was devastating to hear... It was so heartbreaking to hear."

    His daughters say his Jeep and dirt bike are missing, and his phone is shut off, which they say is very unusual for the father of two who is extremely close to his family.

    They are now trying to get help accessing the Ring camera in the condo in hopes of finding out what happened.

    The FBI is working with Mexican authorities as they try to find the missing firefighter.

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    A Plea is out calling for Governor Newsom to put resources to look for Frank Aguilar.

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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/laf...officials-say/

    A Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter who has been missing for nearly two weeks is likely the victim of a “violent kidnapping,” according to the the head prosecutor of Baja California, Mexico.

    Frank Aguilar, 48, was last heard from on the night of Aug. 20, when he went down to check on the condo the family rents out through Airbnb, according to his two daughters. The property is located in the costal city of Rosarito, less than 20 miles south of the U.S. border.

    Aguilar traveled alone and was only expected to be there for a few days, they said.

    The FBI got involved in his disappearance six days later.

    Investigators in Baja California say there were signs of violence at the condo.

    “We are working with technical personnel to establish his last instance when his freedom was taken,” Hiram Sanchez, the head prosecutor, said. “We have found a lot of evidence that leads us to believe this was an act of violence, nevertheless we have not determined for sure this is what happened to him.”

    His family said they were told by authorities that the condo was ransacked and two vehicles were missing.

    According to investigators, surveillance cameras recorded people inside Aguilar’s condo when he was “forceably taken.” They claim to be in the process of identifying the suspects but have not released how many people are involved or who they might be.

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    https://abc7.com/fbi-continues-searc...ghter/6417866/

    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The FBI on Thursday said it was continuing to work with Mexican authorities in the search for a missing Los Angeles city firefighter who may have been kidnapped in the resort town of Rosarito.

    According to the FBI's Los Angeles office, Frank Aguilar disappeared in mid-August after he went to the condominium he owns near the popular coastal destination in Mexico.

    In a statement, the bureau said it "is providing assistance in this case through its legal attache located at the United States Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico, as requested by Mexican law enforcement partners, who have jurisdiction over this situation."

    Federal authorities urged anyone with information about the case to contact their local FBI field office, or the nearest American embassy or consulate.

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced last week that the 48 year-old Aguilar was possibly the victim of a violent kidnapping.

    Aguilar is a 20-year veteran of the Los Angels Fire Department.

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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/laf...officials-say/

    Editor’s note: This article has been updated with new details released Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, into the disappearance of Francisco “Frank” Aguilar, a longtime firefighter from Los Angeles.

    SAN DIEGO (Border Report) — The head prosecutor in the state of Baja California, Hiram Sanchez, said Tuesday morning that Francisco “Frank” Aguilar, the missing firefighter from Los Angeles, was seen in a bar with the people who are likely responsible for his disappearance.

    Aguilar, 48, was last heard from on Aug. 21, when he went to his Northern Baja condo to check on his property.

    Last week, Sanchez said Aguilar was the likely victim of a “violent kidnapping.” On Tuesday, he termed it “a forced disappearance.”

    Sanchez also said police officers found blood stains at another location and tests determined the blood came from a human being. Sanchez stopped short of saying whether the blood is that of Aguilar’s.

    FBI, Mexico investigating disappearance of California firefighter south of the border
    Investigators in Baja have said they found signs of violence at Aguilar’s condo.

    “We have found a lot of evidence that leads us to believe this was an act of violence,” said Sanchez.

    Aguilar’s relatives have said they last spoke with him via a WhatsApp text message. The FBI got involved in his disappearance six days later.

    According to investigators, surveillance cameras recorded people inside Aguilar’s condo when he was “forcibly taken.” They claim to be in the process of identifying the suspects but have not released how many people are involved or who they might be.

    Aguilar is a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department who served in the army before becoming a firefighter.

    Visit the BorderReport.com homepage for the latest exclusive stories and breaking news about issues along the United States-Mexico border.

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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/2-a...s-firefighter/

    Two people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Los Angeles firefighter who has been missing since August, when he departed on a trip to Mexico.

    The arrests took place Thursday night along a highway near Rosarito Beach, south of Tijuana.

    The couple arrested were the last two people seen with Francisco “Frank” Aguilar, a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, according to Chief Prosecutor Hiram Sanchez in the state of Baja California.

    The suspects have been identified only as Santos “N” and Fanny “N.” Both are Mexican nationals.

    The two apparently had Aguilar’s credit card on them when they were arrested, and the card been used in Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada in recent weeks, according to Border Report, an online news source from KTLA parent company Nexstar.

    The suspects were also recorded by surveillance cameras at Aguilar’s condo the night he went missing.

    Sanchez said the woman had set a date with Aguilar, who arrived in his SUV to meet her near Rosarito. That’s when the man is believed to have “jumped” Aguilar to try and kidnap him.

    Blood was allegedly found in the vehicle and, according to investigators, it appears Aguilar was shot as he tried to flee the car to evade capture. But Aguilar remains missing.

    Sanchez said authorities will continue looking for Aguilar “as if he is alive.”

    The two suspects have denied knowing or ever meeting Aguilar. They are facing forced disappearance and theft charges.

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    The two accused in the kidnapping in Mexico have their pictures released by Mexico Law Enforcement.

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    https://nypost.com/2020/10/13/missin...ped-in-mexico/

    Missing Los Angeles firefighter may have been shot, kidnapped in Mexico

    A Los Angeles firefighter who vanished in Mexico may have been gunned down in a botched abduction — and a couple has been arrested in the case, authorities said.

    Francisco Aguilar, 48, is now believed to have been lured on a date before he vanished Aug. 20 while visiting his condominium near Rosarito, Mexico, according to Baja California state prosecutor Hiram S?nchez.

    Two Mexican residents, a 32-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man identified only as Fanny “N” and Santos “N,” were arrested last week in his disappearance.

    Sanchez said his office believes the woman arranged a date with Aguilar in Rosarito but when he showed up, her male accomplice jumped him in a kidnapping attempt.

    “He somehow managed to get rid of his captors, tried to run, and as he ran, they shoot and injure him and put him in the van,” Sanchez said.

    Authorities were led to the pair after they discovered Aguilar’s credit cards that had been used in Rosarito, Ensenada and Tijuana after his disappearance.

    The couple was tracked down Thursday night on a highway near Rosarito Beach and denied having any knowledge about Aguilar’s whereabouts.

    It’s unclear what charges they face in the case.

    Aguilar, a 20-year Los Angeles Fire Department vet, is still considered missing and authorities will continue searching for him “as if he is alive,” Sanchez said.

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    https://www.dailynews.com/2020/11/04...ies-in-mexico/

    Update there is a report of a Body Found in Mexico in relation to missing firefighter Francisco Aguilar.

    LOS ANGELES — The remains of a Los Angeles Fire Department firefighter were found in Mexico, authorities in that country told the department Wednesday, more than two months after he disappeared from his condominium near Rosarito.

    Francisco “Frank” Aguilar, a 20-year veteran of the LAFD, had not communicated with family members since sending them a photo of the beach when he arrived in Rosarito on Aug. 20, his family told CBS2.

    “This is a tragic outcome to a case we were hoping would end differently. On behalf of the men and women of the LAFD, we send our deepest condolences to Firefighter Aguilar’s family and we stand ready to assist them in the days to come,” LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

    Last month, authorities in Mexico arrested two people allegedly connected to Aguilar’s disappearance.


    The man and woman — only identified as Santos “N” and Fanny “N” — were arrested Oct. 8 on a highway near Rosarito Beach south of Tijuana, and authorities believe they were the last two people to see Aguilar, according to Border Report, an online publication that covers news related to the U.S.- Mexico border.

    The suspects allegedly had Aguilar’s credit card when they were arrested, which had recently been used in Tijuana, Rosarito and Ensenada.

    Santos and Fanny were allegedly recorded by the condominium’s surveillance cameras on the night Aguilar went missing, according to Border Report.Baja California Chief Prosecutor Hiram Sanchez said the female suspect arranged a date with Aguilar, and when he arrived in his SUV to meet her near Rosarito, the male suspect “jumped” him to try to kidnap him, according to the publication, which is owned by Nexstar Media Group Inc.

    Blood was found in the vehicle, according to Border Report, and investigators believe Aguilar was likely shot as he tried to leave. The suspects reportedly denied meeting Aguilar.

    Aguilar’s brother and cousin went to the condominium to check on him the day after he sent them the photo.

    “They had found things moved around in his condo, doors were open, picture frames were moved, it was kind of a scene like people were looking for something and they discovered two vehicles were missing, a laptop and a few more items,” Aguilar’s daughter, Bella, told CBS2 in September. The family filed a missing persons report with Mexican authorities.

    Aguilar owns a condominium in San Antonio Del Mar, which is between Tijuana and Rosarito, his brother Gabriel told the Daily News.

    LAFD spokesman Peter Sanders told reporters the department was cooperating in the search for Aguilar, who was assigned to Station 44 in Cypress Park.

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    Very sad. I'm a realist, but I was hoping them might find him injured but still alive.

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    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/body-mi...frank-aguilar/

    Mexican authorities have found the body of a Los Angeles firefighter who vanished in August and was shot during a botched kidnapping, CBS Los Angeles reports. There was a "full identification" of Francisco "Frank" Aguilar, whose cremated skeletal remains were found in an uninhabited area on Oct. 23, said Hiram S?nchez, Baja California central state prosecutor, at a news conference Wednesday evening.

    Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas expressed condolences to the family of the 48-year-old Aguilar.

    "This is a tragic outcome to a case we were hoping would end differently," Terrazas said in a statement. "On behalf of the men and women of the LAFD, we send our deepest condolences to Firefighter Aguilar's family and we stand ready to assist them in the days to come."

    Last month two Mexican nationals, a 32-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, were arrested on a highway near Rosarito Beach, south of Tijuana. Authorities said they had some of Aguilar's belongings in their possession, including credit cards that had been used in Rosarito, Ensenada and Tijuana after his disappearance.

    They will be charged with homicide, S?nchez said.

    According the investigation, a woman Aguilar knew, identified as Fanny "N," lured him to a meeting in order to kidnap the firefighter and hold him for ransom, S?nchez said.

    When he arrived at the meeting place, a van intercepted him and Aguilar tried to flee before a man, identified as Santos "N," shot him, S?nchez said.

    It wasn't clear whether the shot killed Aguilar, but he died at some point during the crime and the couple cremated his body in Playas de Rosarito, S?nchez said.

    Authorities have said the couple denied having any information about Aguilar's whereabouts.

    S?nchez added that there was another person involved in the crime, although he didn't immediately provide details.

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    The horrible violent acts and drinking water in Mexico is why I will never go there! You can have your margaritas and scenic views. I'd rather keep my head.
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    "he had Skittles so he could have made drugs".
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    Yo mama such a ho, that Foursquare has made her vag a place to "check in".

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouscat View Post
    The horrible violent acts and drinking water in Mexico is why I will never go there! You can have your margaritas and scenic views. I'd rather keep my head.
    I would LOVE to retire to Mexico. I love it there. Stories like this make me think about it, but then again we have plenty of crime here. It's a beautiful country and the people I have met there have been really kind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    I would LOVE to retire to Mexico. I love it there. Stories like this make me think about it, but then again we have plenty of crime here. It's a beautiful country and the people I have met there have been really kind.
    I want to move to Japan and be closer to my mom's side of the family.
    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    "he had Skittles so he could have made drugs".
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    Yo mama such a ho, that Foursquare has made her vag a place to "check in".

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