Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This pretty aspiring YouTuber has been found naked and dead at a tourist hotspot popular with Brits in Mexico amid claims she had been kidnapped whilst travelling.
Twenty-two-year-old Colombian Daniela Patino, whose family said she wanted to become a writer and YouTuber, was found dead in Playa del Carmen in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.
She had reportedly left her home in Bello, a municipality in the department of Antioquia in Colombia, on 16th August, planning to travel to Spain where she told relatives she had received an offer to work in a restaurant chain. She had a YouTube account which has since been removed after her death.
Local media report she never reached Spain, but instead had travelled to Guatemala and after a few days in the country she began sending messages to her family saying that her life was at risk and she was going to try to escape as she was going to be prostituted.
Local media said Daniela Patino wrote in a message before disappearing: “They are going to kill me, if they kill me, report this place in zone 10 of Guatemala, on the road to El Salvador.”
According to the Colombian news site Noticias Caracol, Patino may have been kidnapped as her father reportedly answered one of her messages saying: “Daniela, it’s not easy to get 3 million MXN (704 GBP) in the blink of an eye without being asked many questions.”
When the girl reportedly asked her father to call the police he allegedly said: “Daniela you are in another country and it is ruled by the law of that country. You have to call them.”
The young woman is said to have lost contact with her family on 10th September and on 17th September, a friend recognised her in photos published in Mexican media reporting on the corpse of a young woman which had been found in Playa del Carmen.
According to Mexican authorities, Daniela’s body was in a high state of decomposition and naked when it was found and it was identified by a friend in Mexico and later by her family thanks to a tattoo with the inscription “Ineffable”.
Both the Mexican and Colombian governments are helping Daniela’s family repatriate the young woman’s body. No arrests have been reported and it is unclear if any suspects are being investigated.
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