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. Jim

    The drug cartels are no doubt escalating their resistance and violence to the upper crust of the Mexican government. Even a former Senator is not immune. The Mexican government should request assistance from the U.S. and European special forces, who go in and literally wage war against these narco-terrorists, killing them all. The cash seizure alone would pay for the operation. Any left alive, off to GITMO!!

    May 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Arthur

    This is NO ordinary former senator. Diego Fernandez is a former presidential candidate in Mexico and certainly one of the most influential politicians in the country. His kidnapping has a tremendous disruptive potential for the Calderon administration. Diego Fernandez has been instrumental in many of the so-called "dirty-works" against the leftist PRD party and it would not be strange that this coward kidnapping is used to blackmail the government in some very powerful ways. For starters, President Calderon was set to depart for Spain one hour ago and so far, he has not showed up at the Presidential hangar...

    May 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dawn

    This is getting rediculous! Maybe he went to AZ?? But seriously...why can't they get some control over these drugb cartels! I agree Mexico should ask for help from the U.S. and after expenses split the seizured booty!!!

    May 15, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ricardo

    I agree Jim, these cartels must be erradicated. Fernandez de Cevallos has been a remarkable politician, he helped restore Mexico´s democracy from PRI, its terrible news his dissapearance.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. zephyrwinds

    can we trade Pelosi or Reid for him? Not being flippant, but, this is someone the Mexicans need, one of the men who have really tried to make a difference.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    Personally, I think that this dude is gonna turn up dead in few days... Send in the Russians. They seem to know how to deal with such elements. Maybe they are not PC in taking care of business, but that is what people secretly applaud. If you try to voice your opinion out loud these days and what you really think, you are labeled in may ways.... speaking your mind get you in trouble these days....

    May 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. db

    "Any left alive, off to GITMO!!" Only half way to GITMO and a drop off out the back of a C130 from 30,000 feet!

    May 15, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Neutralizer

    Drug Cartels would soon be kidnapping latino politicians in USA who has relatives in Mexico that goes against them. Welcome to NARCO DEMOCRACY of Mexico, a $30 billion industry, bigger than their oil.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. db

    The drug cartells would not take Palosi, Boxer, Reid, or Barney Frank. It would be a worthless trade, who whats them? We can't even give them away!

    May 15, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DV

    @Dawn It's really hard, because the cartels used to be working without problem and not messing with the government and society, but the latest years have changed. When the Drugs Cartels brake down they were starting fighting each others to control the territories. The the Mexican Gov stared a war against these cartels and the violence exploded without control. We can not trust anymore to the local police or estate police, many members are managed by the cartels, and the military and federal police is fighting against these cartels and trying to clean the locals police. This is a war that you dont know who is your enemy at all because we can not trust in the local police, they even fire against the military and help to escape the drugs members in the police cars. So you dont know who is with you and who is not.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ocelotl

    Maybe they should ask the PRD where Cevallos is.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jackson

    DB, your'e an idiot. For the rest of you, it is most likely NOT the drug cartels, but rather the Zetas. The drug cartels usually refrain from kidnappings, and in general refrain from violence amongst those unrelated to trafficking.

    Anyone here actually thought as to WHY the drug cartels exist?

    I'm sure you all think it's because they are supplying MEXICO with drugs, right?

    Much easier to blame someone else.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rodfromnc

    Legalize pot in the US and cut the cartels power, money and influence.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Russh

    We are policing enough around the world. They need to do it by going in, in swat teams and bombing, destroyiing and killing them on the spot. Dealing with drugs and what they are doing to innocent people and government people is unacceptable. If you happen to get a few of their family members then sorry about that. They know what their spouses are doing. They need to be strong, not like our weak government idiots we have here in America.

    May 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hannah

    There are ppl commenting that instead of enforced deportation and not allowing illegal immigrants, that people in the US should let the government in Mexico know how they can make their country wealthy, and that they have all these great resources that can be utilized and make them lots of money.

    Why are there so many people who are born without a brain? Oh yeah what a great idea, lets go to the government officials guys (who happen to be taken over by drug cartels and corruption), and tell them, "Hey Mexico, you guys could really make lots of money providing that you utilize what you can." And they would just replay, "OMG! Why didn't we think of that. Thank you for saving our nation!"

    To all the brainless ppl who thought that was a great idea, the same thing would probably happen to you as it did that former senator, except no one would look for you or put it in the media. IDIOTS!

    May 15, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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