An American mother-of-two was found dead with all of her teeth missing in Mexico just a day after she was reported missing by her mother.
María Rubio said she last spoke to her daughter Lizbeth Flores on August 9 when she traveled to the Mexican border city of Matamoros and said she would return later that night to her Brownsville, Texas, home.
The concerned mother contacted the Brownsville [Texas] Police Department on August 10 to file a missing person’s report after losing contact with her 23-year-old daughter. Flores’ body was discovered on August 11.
Local media outlets reported Flores was in Mexico to visit her boyfriend.
Flores, whose body was found on August 11, died from head injuries suffered after she was beaten with a rock that was found at the scene of the tragic incident, Matamoros police said.
Law enforcement investigators reported that a part of Flores’ scalp had been removed and that her teeth were taken out by force.
‘Losing a child is like having your heart ripped out,’ Rubio said Friday during an interview with Telemundo.
‘I feel very sad for what they did to my daughter. How they left her is what pains me. The pain that my daughter went through there at that time is what pains me.’
Rubio is seeking help from United States and Mexico officials to repatriate her daughter’s remains to Texas.
No arrests had been announced as of Monday by authorities in Matamoros.
According to KRGV-TV, the FBI is involved in the investigation because Flores is a U.S. citizen.