Mum begs for son’s release after teen goes missing on Jalisco drug cartel turf

The devasted mum of an American teenager who disappeared on Jalisco drug cartel turf while visiting his sick grandmother in Mexico has begged for his release.

Manuel Reyes travelled from California to the Jalisco municipality of Lagos de Moreno to visit his nan and spend time with his sister.

The 19-year-old, who is due to fly home on Thursday, disappeared on Sunday while out with friend Jesus Ramos.

Jesus and Manuel had been on Jalisco drug cartel territory, one of the nation’s deadliest areas, at the time of their disappearance.

Shortly before he went missing Manuel is said to have called his sister and informed her he would be returning home soon.

Instead Manuel vanished, missing plans with his sister who he had organised to go out to eat with the following day.

His sister, who asked not to be named, said: "I called him and asked him, what time are you going to arrive, I am waiting for you and it is late.

"He told me that he was on his way, that he was buying something to eat."

Manuel and Jesus, who have both been reported missing, were last seen on Monday at 1.29am local time in a Facebook post, it is claimed.

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Jesus had posted a picture of the pair to the social networking site with a caption that insinuates the duo are cousins, although this has not been confirmed by their family.

María Guadalupe Contreras, Manuel's mum, alleges the pair were abducted by armed men and pleaded for their release on TV.

She said: "I know that he is alive. I do not feel that he is dead. I know that he is alive and I ask God to give him back to me safely and to those men who have him, please let go of him, have compassion with him and me, touch their hearts because if they're parents they will one day experience something worse than me."

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His sister went on to say she fears Jalisco confused Manuel and Jesus with other individuals that may be involved in the drug trade.

Nine people have been kidnapped in the state of Jalisco through over the course of the first three months of 2021.

Government data released in April shows a whopping 85,053 people have been reported missing since 2006 in drug-related disappearances.

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