Man Kidnapped From Horizon Turns Up Dead In Juarez

POSTED: Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 6:20am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:24pm

He was kidnapped from his Horizon City home. A mutilated body found in Juarez has been identified as Sergio Saucedo. Sheriff's deputies confirm Saucedo's murder was connected to the on-going cartel violence in Juarez. Tonight they also tell us what this latest incident means for the El Paso community.

Saucedo was kidnapped in broad daylight from his home on the 14,000 block of Desert Sunset. Witnesses tell sheriff's deputies, they saw three men drag him into a vehicle while he was screaming for help.

Then just yesterday, Mexican police found a body dumped on the street in Juarez. Family members later identified the body as Saucedo. Police say his body showed signs of torture, and both of his arms had been cut off. They were found laid across his chest along with a sign. What that sign says has not been released. Saucedo was an American citizen.

This afternoon we spoke with El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles. He says this is an example of spill over from the drug violence in Juarez. Wiles also said he believes the El Paso community is still safe because the people being targeted have always been linked to drugs in some way. However, he says authorities are aware of what could happen. The sheriff's department is handling the kidnapping. They're working with Mexican authorities. No suspects have been named.

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