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. Michael

    Simple explanations:
    The same white racist tea partiers who passed the recent Arizona law kidnapped him just like they did with that poor latina immigrant who claimed she was kidnapped from UCLA.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. derek

    and i should care>?

    May 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DV

    Jackson, I think you dont know anything. Yes the Zetas are a violence group that just break up with the Gulf Cartel, but if the Cartels are not the ones that are creating the violence then why in Sinaloa is still having violence if that's a Chapo territory? Drugs Cartels recently signed to fight against Zetas, but the violence is still there. So we don't know who kidnap the Jefe Diego and the reasons to do it.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. wilfred

    I would not surprise me if the US is involved in this war, Noruega was also on their paylist.
    Now the cannot win in Iraq and Afgahnistan it looks like to want to get cheap oil from Mexico.
    The need a unstable country so the can "help" in their way.
    The US knows more then they are telling, why otherwise the helped that chinese guy who had millions of dollars in his house in DF. Mexico wants him but he is safely in the US and those cubic meters of dollars suprisingly are also in the US

    May 15, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin

    It has been reported in the Mexican media and via a twitter post by Manuel Espino, a member of the PAN political party, that the body of Diego Fernández has been found in a Military Camp in the state of Querétaro, close to where he was kidnapped.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Omar Parra

    Diego is one of the "owners" of Mexico. His influence is big and has had a polemic career as a politician, he was one of the persons who prescribed to burn the electoral evidence of the 1988 elections, in resume in my opinion is not a good pilitician but nobody deserves to be kidnaped.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. evensteven

    Legalize, legalize, legalize . . . and put the drug cartels out of business.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bushpig61

    They'll find his headless body soon I'm sure.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. O.F. Montero

    This is a terrible way for this man to end up if he has been kidnapped. A true voice and brave man for staninding up for his beliefs and convictions.. Mexico CAN NOT afford to lose this man!

    O.F. Montero

    May 15, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    I agree the drug cartels are out of control this is where we can do something. Send the National Guard and Army to the Border and lock it down tight. Stop the flow of drugs (anss illegals) the cartels will have to move their operations. Knock off 2 birds with one stone and take care of Arizona at the same time. WIN WIN WIN heck I might even consider voting for that sleezebag in the WH. Can't believe I just wrote that

    May 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Greg

    Stop getting high, stop getting high, stop getting high. . . and put the drug cartels out of business.

    May 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Erika

    Im so sick of all this im from Monterrey and its so sad that i cant even go visit my family because of all this violence!!! Im not gonna put my own family and my self at risk.. I feel for all Mexican patriots that have to live like this something had to be done.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alfa Tango

    Drug Lords, their families and loyal worms needs to be exterminated, period. They have become a real thread to USA like Muslims.

    Translates to:
    Los líderes del cartel, sus familias y sus gusanos leales deben ser exterminados, punto. Ellos se han convertido en una real amenaza para USA como los musulmanes.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jay

    I agree with Greg. Although pot legalization will help in America, and I support that, these cartels aren't exactly dealing with marijuana. This is cocaine, meth, heroin.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jason from Hollywood

    He's probably in Arizona...

    May 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
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