The case of the young Debanhi Escobar, whose body appeared inside a hotel cistern in northern Mexico, seems to have marked a turning point in the country. The two prosecutors in charge of the case have been dismissed for serious “omissions and errors” in the investigation, as the Attorney General of Nuevo León explained at a press conference.
“I made the decision to remove the one who was in the specialized prosecutor’s office for missing persons from his position, as well as the removal in this same responsibility of the prosecutor specializing in anti-kidnapping,” explained Gustavo Adolfo Guerrero.
Debanhi, who was 18 years old, got out of the taxi that was taking her home at around 4:30 in the morning. She got off halfway, in the middle of the Monterrey highway. It is not known why she did it, but the girl’s father defends that it was because the taxi driver touched her inappropriately.
Debanhi was alive when she fell into the hotel cistern
Videos from that night on April 7 show her alone, heading to a trucking company and then to the hotel where she was found. She is seen walking through the courtyard. According to the coroner, when she fell into the cistern, where there was barely 90 centimeters of water, she was still alive.
“Because of the place and what we found, the girl fell still alive. Where she was found, she was alive and there was still time to react,” explained coroner Eduardo Villagómez.
Did he have water in his lungs? a journalist asked him. “No, no,” the coroner replied.
Investigators searched the hotel four times without finding the body.
What happened since the last time the young woman was caught on camera at the hotel? The only sure thing is that she died of a “deep contusion in the skull”, specifically in the forehead.
The father of the young woman, present at the press conference with the attorney general and the coroner, did not want to speculate.
“Until the contrary is proven, that my daughter fell alone, nothing is ruled out, absolutely nothing,” Mario Escobar said.
A surprising element is that in the thirteen days that the young woman was missing, the search teams searched the hotel four times without finding the body.
This case has caused a stir in Mexico, a country in which more than ten women are murdered every day. The state of Nuevo León, where Debanhi died, has recorded a shocking wave of disappearances since the beginning of this year, with at least thirty women still unaccounted for.