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Kidnapped Los Angeles firefighter found dead in Mexico

Los Angeles’ fire department (RHaworth/WikiCommons)

A Los Angeles firefighter who authorities believe was kidnapped from his condo in Mexico was found dead in the country, officials announced Wednesday.

Francisco Aguilar, 48, was reported missing Aug. 21 after his family said he missed his usual check-in on a trip south of the border. Two weeks later, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Aguilar was “violently kidnapped” in the resort town of Rosarito, about 12 miles south of downtown Tijuana.

Human remains found Oct. 23 were identified as Aguilar’s, San Diego NBC affiliate KNSD reported. His body was discovered burned in Playas de Rosarito.

“This is a tragic outcome to a case we were hoping would end differently,” Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said in a statement. “We send our deepest condolences to Firefighter Aguilar’s family and we stand ready to assist them in the days to come.”

Two people, identified only as Fanny N., 32, and Santos N., 27, were arrested Oct. 8 in connection with Aguilar’s disappearance, according to Los Angeles ABC affiliate KABC. Police said the two used bank cards in Aguilar’s name

Aguilar was a 20-year veteran with Los Angeles’ fire department before his disappearance.


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