The tragic finish to a seek for a lacking teen has us flashing again to a traditional Los Angeles thriller from just a few years again…
An 18-year-old named Debanhi Escobar disappeared into skinny air within the early hours of April 9. Based on stories, the teenager was partying with a pair pals in Nuevo León, Mexico, within the metropolis of Escobedo. However after an argument, her pals break up up for the evening, and one referred to as her a cab to deliver her house.
Apparently the taxi driver was somebody the trio of pals knew, a 47-year-old man named Jesús. He was taking her house, however en route that they had a “heated dialogue” — police later advised her father it appeared as if he could have touched her inappropriately, and she or he didn’t put up with it. The driving force dropped her off in the midst of nowhere, particularly on the aspect of the freeway that results in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. The freeway is nicknamed the “loss of life street” as a result of unusually excessive quantity of people that have disappeared alongside the 130 mile stretch. A stunning 77 folks went lacking there simply final yr! It’s not someplace you wish to be left alone as an 18-year-old woman in the midst of the evening.
Jesús thought, for some motive, to take a photograph of Debanhi standing on the aspect of the street, what’s regarded as the ultimate picture ever taken of her.
Safety footage captured her wandering into the location of a trucking firm referred to as Alcosa Transportes Internacionales, however there’s no video of her ever exiting.
She was simply… gone.
The following two weeks noticed an enormous public outpouring of assist as her household looked for the poor woman. In an enormous search, police utilized canine, drones, surveillance footage, all the things. Jesús was arrested on drug expenses and questioned in regards to the disappearance. Apparently he had been investigated beforehand for tried kidnapping of girls, so he shortly turned the plain individual of curiosity.
Sadly, the search ended on Thursday.
Staff at a motel within the space reported “fetid odors” to police. Investigators tracked the scent to an deserted cistern, a 12-foot deep water tank, by the pool. Inside they discovered a decomposing physique, reportedly unrecognizable. She was recognized as Debanhi by her outfit and a crucifix she had been carrying.
Her father, Mario Escobar, confirmed the heartbreaking information to reporters, saying:
“My daughter is useless. And I have no idea what to do.”
A horrible final result — and for El Lay locals, an oddly acquainted one. The placement of the physique is strictly the identical as the place a younger lady was discovered 9 years in the past atop the Cecil Lodge. Staff on the resort, renamed the Keep On Foremost, had been investigating the low water strain and found the physique of Elisa Lam, a Canadian vacationer who had vanished whereas visiting. The thriller was by no means solved to anybody’s satisfaction, with investigators ruling her loss of life an accident. The incident turned native legend, making its means into a number of movie and TV thriller plots.
We are able to solely categorical our hope that the household of Debanhi Escobar is given extra closure than Lam’s.