Ohio architect and his fiancée are still missing after going missing in Mexico on Christmas Day

An Ohio architect and his fiancée are still missing in Mexico after going missing on Christmas Day.

Jose Gutierrez, 38, his fiancée, Daniela Márquez, 31, and his two relatives went out to eat in Zacatecas, central Mexico, on Sunday but have not heard from them since, said Jose’s sister, Brandie Gutierrez at Fox 19 in Cincinnati.

“He leaves [to Zacatecas] about three times a year,” Brandie Gutierrez, Jose’s sister, told Fox 19 Wednesday night.

“The bars actually noticed screaming,” she said, adding that the family believed they might have been abducted. “There is something wrong.”

Gutierrez’s mother, Rosa Pichardo, told TV Azteca that the couple, Daniela’s sister Viviana, and their cousin Irma Vargas did not return to Márquez’s home in Colotlán located in Jalisco as planned around 10 p.m. The group’s SUV was then abandoned in Vivoras, Jalisco, approximately 20 miles away.

Daniela Marquez and Jose Gutierrez
Daniela Marquez and Jose Gutierrez

“There are those who saw that they were kidnapping them, there was a lot of panic, shouting, but they didn’t get them out and they took the vehicle,” Pichardo said. “They took the girls, my daughter’s fiancee, Daniela. They left, they went to Vivoras.”

Fox 19 tweeted photos of the couple following their disappearance.

A State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital that the US government is working with Mexican authorities to locate the couple and their two sisters.

The State Department currently has a “Do Not Travel” advisory for the state of Zacatecas, located between Monterrey and Mexico City, due to “crimes and kidnappings.”

“Violent crime, extortion and gang activity are prevalent in Zacatecas state,” the notice states.

After the Zacatecas government sent out an alert that they were missing, officers “tried to search this place, but two officers stopped them, two or three officers, and they weren’t allowed to go in.” going into that area because it was too dangerous,” Brandie Gutierrez told WLWT5 Cincinnati.

The State Department also said in a written statement:

“The Department of State has no higher priority than the well-being and safety of American citizens abroad. We stand ready to provide appropriate assistance to American citizens in need and their families. We are aware of reports of a missing U.S. citizen in Mexico. When a U.S. citizen goes missing, we work closely with local authorities as they conduct their search, and we share the information with families as we can.”

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