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Missing CA man found dead in secret Mexican burial site

Border Patrol Agent searches for migrants who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. (Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
April 13, 2023

The body of a missing California man has been found in a secret burial location in Mexico, according to authorities.

Two individuals, a brother and sister named only as Juan Hector and Joseline Guadalupe, were arrested in the case involving the death of Wilmer “Dino” Trivett, 80, who disappeared on Feb. 11 after camping in Baja California.

Wilmer had been living out of his camper truck. His camper was found burned by fire on Feb. 23 two weeks after his disappearance.

His body was found by a dog after it had been buried in a shallow pit in the Mexican town of Todos Santos, according to BNO News.

Prosecutors stated in the report that Trivett paid the two siblings 50,000 pesos (about $2,700 USD) following a car accident that occurred months earlier. Months later, the report claimed that the two individuals abducted and killed Trivett.

“However, months went by and this person was left with the feeling that it wasn’t enough,” state prosecutor Daniel de la Rosa said.

“Then this person and his sister went to where the American was camping and kidnapped him, and then they took his life.”

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The deceased individual was reportedly from Markleeville, California, located near Lake Tahoe.

The discovery of Trivett’s body comes as multiple recent reports have warned of the safety of American citizens traveling in Mexico.

The FBI has offered a $40,000 reward in another case involving a California woman, Monica De Leon Barba, 29, was reported missing after being forced into a vehicle in November of last year in Tepatitlan de Morelos state while walking her dog. Her friends reported her missing after her dog was found wandering alone and the woman could not be found.

Over a month ago, four Americans were abducted with two killed by a drug cartel in Mexico in a situation that captured the nation’s attention. Washington McGee, Eric Williams, Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown were kidnapped on March 3 while traveling to Matamoros, Mexico. Woodard and Brown were killed.

In a recent interview with the survivors on CNN, Williams told Anderson Cooper that Woodard and Brown were fatally shot after they attempted to run away from the cartel members who had abducted them.

McGee and Williams were forced into the bed of a pickup truck, with Williams shot in both legs. A Mexican bystander was also reportedly killed by a stray bullet during the abduction.