May 15th, 2010
05:12 PM ET

Former Mexican senator reported missing

[Updated 6:41 p.m.] The case has rocked Mexico, with President Felipe Calderon saying he is closely monitoring the investigation into the disappearance of the former official, Diego Fernandez de Cevallos Ramos.

A statement on the Mexican president's website said that Calderon "from the first hours of the morning, has been in constant communication with the attorney general and with the secretaries of Interior and Public Security," about the investigation.

The statement said that Calderon has "communicated with one of the two children of Fernandez de Cevallos, who is facing this difficult situation with integrity, to offer his solidarity and the necessary backing to successfully locate Fernandez de Cevallos."

[Posted 5:12 p.m.] A former Mexican senator was reported missing on Saturday, Mexico's attorney general's office said.

The former official, Diego Fernandez de Cevallos Ramos, was last seen on the ranch of his home in Pedro Escobedo, in central Mexico's state of Queretaro, the country's official Notimex news agency reported.

The attorney general's office said that Fernandez de Cevallos' vehicle was on his ranch and that "in the place where the car was located, some of his belongings were found and there were traces of violence."

Queretaro authorities are investigating, the attorney general's office said.

FThe missing legislator was a senator from PAN, Mexico's National Action Party, and is a former presidential candidate. The statement on Calderon's website called Fernandez de Cevallos "a key politician in the Mexican democratic transition."

- CNN's Esprit Smith contributed to this report.

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  1. Desert Sage

    por favor, déjeme ver su carta verde

    May 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. William S.

    Arturo...what are you talking about?

    The Merida Initiative is contingent on the Mexican Government changing the way they do business. They won't do it... The Mexican Govt complains about human rights abuse and how they won't let a foreign country tell them what to do.

    Por favor!

    May 15, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Arturo

    William: The Mexican government has expressed willingness to work with the U.S. through the Merida Initiative. What you say used to be true, but since Calderon took office that has been changing and foreign help is welcome. Concerning human rights, it has been the U.S congress that has been blocking aid, argueing that the Mexican military is not complying with human rights and is instead torturing and killing innocent civilians in this battle.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Johnny

    Send in the national guard??? are you serious. They stand no chance I am from south texas down here we know that many of their cartel htiman and members are ex marines not weekend warriors like I said they stand no chance

    May 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tapia

    This has nothing to do with the drug cartels. Ceballos is one of the dirtiest politicians in Mexico. Karma!!!!!!

    We all know that legalizing drugs is the best way to end violence in Mexico.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cristina

    Let's be honest. Mexico needs to request the help of the US, European, Russian, Israeli or whatever special forces to wipe out the drug criminals. But Mexico should also request to do the same job in the US as a consuming country and in Colombia, Bolivia and any drug producing country. Mexico will always be the pipeline between the producinng countries and the consuming oneslw, mainly the US. It doesn't make any sense to wipe out all the current narcos and leave the business available for their inevitable replacements. This problem has many faces and all the countries involved must work together to come up with a comprehensive and simultanious solution that will benefit all the countries involved. In that respect we need to be honest, we are all responsible for this. Civilians in Mexico are suffering and very frightened and are paying a huge price for a war that is not exclusively of Mexico. We need to be honest.

    May 15, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. marcus

    typo in the first word of last paragraph*

    May 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ogro


    May 15, 2010 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Juan

    Earthling, you are a complete idiot, this guys hasn't done anything for country, just let him and his friends win money. He has been involved in lot of corruption.
    And for people who things killing narcos is the best way to end narcotrafico, if there are always people buying drugs, there will be always narcos, in Mexico drug is produced cause they sell it in US

    May 15, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. alejandro

    The mexican economy counts on its drug sales to keep it goin. I learned through an american education, that 5% of the gdp of mexico derives from drug profits. So those who get in the way of the profits all fall and never get up. I lived in mexico for some time and I know from experience that its everyone for themselves when it comes to money like that. Dont be surprized to see whats happening in Thailand to hit Mexico soon. The people will get tired soon of all the violence.
    Maybe legalization and taxation??????????? Who knows in latin america????

    May 15, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Happy Camper

    This man participated in kidnappings, torture and violence against community organizers in favor of the poor.

    He participated in many, many government acts to repress the poor and powerless.

    This man was one of the wealthiest in the world because was was a thief and a murderer who enriched himself illegally.

    The PAN stands in support of the Mexican oligarchy which is 3% of a country with 120 million of inhabitants. 50 million Mexicans live in absolute poverty.

    So, that's why Mexicans emigrate to the US

    So,that's why he's dead.

    Good riddance!

    Happy Camper.

    May 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • adolfo

      happy idiot...
      you talk nonsense, prior ro give testimony you need to show proof of your word... clearly a confused pseudocomunist lies inside you...
      violence will always be an option for stupids & retards like yourself...
      start trying to understand that there are universal trues & values, and the right to live is the first and most them...

      those that kidnap and murder in cold blood, are sick, and does not deserve mercy

      May 16, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jose

    Alejandro- 5% of the GDP comes from drugs, but 15% is wasted in fighting crime and security related stuff

    May 15, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AdaV

    Hi! I'm mexican. Here in Mexico many people hate Diego but he is an excellent politician and lawyer too. yes there was scandals on his career and he was agree to burn the evidence of the elections when he was candidate to the presidence but he didn't win. I think that was a way to respect the laws and prevent a disturbing among the legislators (seriously here nobody respects the law) he was brave.Near to the frontier to USA the people has a narco way to live it's like a culture it's so sad but it's the true. In the center of the country the politic war is worse 'cause is a elections year. Anyway I want believe who will be OK.

    May 15, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The critic

    It¡s a really pity what's happening with him, but think for a second about the thousands of people who are not famous or rich and are kidnapped.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. wellreadone

    NUKE 'EM – JUST JOKING....This is really getting interesting. You can be sure of one thing. the U.S. will either do the dumbest, most ineffective thing possible or nothing.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
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