Investigators accused of botching the murder investigation into Debanhi Escobar who vanished on a ‘death road’ have been sacked by prosecutors.
Two officials have reportedly been fired for “omissions and errors” as haunting new details of the tragedy emerged.
The Mexican 18-year-old disappeared earlier this month after being abandoned by her cab share ride on a road notorious for killings.
Heartbreaking images of the teen alone at the roadside were seen all around the world.
Her body was found in a hotel cistern two weeks later.
She is now known to have died of a massive head injury.
Now the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Nuevo Leon State has announced that two officials have been dismissed for “omissions and errors”.
Attorney general Gustavo Adolfo Guerrero confirmed that the teen died of a massive head injury.
He said: “We found some deficiencies…. I want to make it known that due to these omissions, and errors, I made the decision to remove someone who worked as Special Prosecutor for Disappeared Persons as well as the removal of someone, who had the same responsibility of the prosecutor, who specialised in anti-kidnapping.”
Guerrero said: “The last known image of Debanhi (at 4.56am) is the one where she is seen walking towards the area where the cistern is located.”
Debanhi Escobar disappeared on the stretch of road that leads into the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, on the border with the US, at around 5am on 9th April.
She had been on a night out with two friends when she got into a rideshare cab with a driver the group trusted, identified only by his first name Jesus, 47.
He abandoned her by the side of the road for reasons still unclear, although it is believed the pair became embroiled in a row.
After a 13-day search, her father Mario Escobar confirmed that his daughter was found in the cistern of the disused Nueva Castilla Motel, a few metres from where she disappeared.
The victim’s father said: “My daughter is dead and I do not know what to do… I demand to know why Debanhi disappeared.”
News of the teenager’s disappearance gripped Mexico after an eerie photo of her standing by the roadside after getting out of the taxi was widely shared by local media.
The photo was reportedly taken by the cab driver and was sent to the victim’s friends when they asked him about her whereabouts.
In 2021, 77 people disappeared on ‘Death Road’ where Debanhi was last seen.
CCTV cameras filmed Debanhi entering the site of the trucking company Alcosa Transportes Internacionales just after the cabbie left her stranded.
Her body was found in the motel cistern nearby, between 300 and 500 metres from where she was photographed on the side of the road.
According to local reports, the driver, booked by one of the victim’s friends, had his phone switched off during the trip.
He has since been arrested on drugs charges but the police also suspect him of being linked to the young woman’s death.
Local media also said that the taxi driver has been investigated for the attempted kidnapping of women and harassment in the past.
Some reports suggested that Debanhi died after accidentally falling into one of the cisterns.
The case is still shrouded in mystery, including why the victim’s body was found in one tank, her bag in another, and her phone and keys in a third.
The reason why she got out of the taxi is also unclear.
Her father accuses the driver of “touching my daughter’s breasts” and being the main suspect in her death.
The investigation continues.