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. robkoz

    Open up the borders! Let the cartels in! It's what every latino opposing Arizona's SB1070 wants!

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

    Maybe if he dies it wont be in vain. He can be a martyr or patron saint for all the honest hard working families of mexico to unite and stand up against everything corrupt in mexico. Good advice for any and all peoples who are being oppressed by their government and or being held hostage by the criminals/terrorists.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. foxglove

    This give a very bad segnal that Mexico can not handle their terrible problem. President Caideron had better get his act together or all of Mexico is going down the drain. God Bless the Mexican People.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. William S.

    You think the cartels are going to let US forces come and take them out one by one? Think again. If we do that and announce it publicly, the Cartels are going to bring their war over to US territory and start knocking off massive amounts of people. 1) Legalize marijuana now 2) this will take a dent out of the cartel's cash flow 3) assist (covertly) the Mexican Army with satellite functionality and drone attacks (all under Mexican command).. 4) see how that works before getting a bunch of innocent victims killed in the US.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan11

      Indeed it is sad, to know about this kidnap of Diego, but politicians have been living in a bubble and now someone has popped this bubble.
      We can learn from other countries that had these problems and how they were able to deal and control it. I remember that Brazil had an increase number of violence and crimes, what they did was to litterally kill the criminals in the act of perpetrating acts of criminality.It's not democratic but it is a solution.The United States should be careful,and of course I believe our goverment is not naive, since these criminals obviously exist here, and if disturbed can cause problems. What kind and magnitud, who knows, certainly, everyone may feel that the United States will always prevail when we do the right things, backed by the people.

      May 20, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. foxglove

    William S. A very worthy comment to consider....

    May 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. enrique

    This is just a sign about how deep are the mexican politicians within the so called "drug cartels".
    Both Ceballos and the President are well known to have their own protected criminals, and this is, if not a distraction, is a message that the own protecteds are angry with them. I hope this could change the political path to a right one.

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

    Those who actually live along the border know too well what it is like in Mexico. I live in south Texas and I can hear nightly the gun battles across the river in Reynosa. Mexico without a doubt is a failed state. It really doesn't surprise me that they kidnapped a former senator. Several people that I know of have been kidnapped or taken hostage in trips across the border, and even on the U.S. side, by the grace of God they have been released without harm. But the truth is is that America is not realized that within a few years (or months) living along the border will become just as dangerous as living in Iraq or in Afghanistan.
    The border patrol do nothing to stop illegals from making their way into the U.S. half the time I'll look outside and see them acting as coyotes and I have heard rumors of various people that they even radio in the border patrol and tell them where they will cross so they won't bother them.
    America is avoiding this problem and it is beginning to crush our freedoms, many times I feel like a prisoner in my own house, too afraid to leave after dark in fear of being kidnapped myself. I feel insulted when I hear about troops destroying opium crops in Afghanistan instead of helping her own citizens on home.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Howard Phillys

    US has not been able to erradicate the drugs from our onw street and you guys believe than sending troops to Mexico will eliminate the cartels? Are you serious? Look at Colombia and what happened when the cartels were "eliminated" they just split in hundreds of small cartels and are still sending drugs to us like never before. We have to control the consumption first and then help all the other countries. Unless we stop being a country of junkies there is nothing we can do to stop the drug trafficking.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Alex

    I doubt this is cartel related; this former Senator is one of the most powerful individuals in Mexico. His power is political and legal. He has certainly made a lot of enemies through his law firm. This sounds like a legal related revenge.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. copperjohn

    I have a feeling that this whole thing is George Bushs' fault.
    My suggestion would be to use California as an experiment. Legalize any drug they want and we'll be able to see if it's a good idea by the results. California is a lost cause anyway.
    They won't make any money selling pot in Ca, everyone of the losers will grow their own.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Leah

    Oh please...he's probably hiking the Apalachian Trail.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ALEJANDRO

    US has not been able to erradicate the drugs from our onw street and you guys believe than sending troops to Mexico will eliminate the cartels? Are you serious? Look at Colombia and what happened when the cartels were "eliminated" they just split in hundreds of small cartels and are still sending drugs to us like never before. We have to control the consumption first and then help all the other countries. Unless we stop being a country of junkies there is nothing we can do to stop the drug trafficking.

    Posted by: Howard Phillys

    America is going bankrupt because of the TWO WARS in the middle east. What makes everyone think that the United States can invade and not go Bankrupt.

    Everyone should just go back to being quiet about drugs......and heal your addicted family members back at home................

    HOWARD PHILLYS YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT ON THIS ONE.

    BUT GOOD NEWS EVERYONE, THE COLOMBIANS ARE FINALLY SEEING THE DESTRUCTION THEY ARE CAUSING HUMANITY, BUT IF THEY STOP THEY HAVE NO WAYS OF PROVIDING FOR THEIR FAMILY......HOW ABOUT ALL THE COUNTIRES GET TOGETHER AND GIVE THEM A HAND OUT TO STOP PRODUCING DRUGS.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alex

    This event is NOT cartel related! Why do Americans believe that every single thing occurring in Mexico is drug related? This former senator is a very powerful lawyer with a lot of political enemies.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Azteca

      Totally agree with Alex. Everything is ALWAYS related to drugs when there are murders in Mèxico NOT TRUE!. Ceballos was a smart ass with many enemies..... We will never accept US help. if you want it to stop, STOP CONSUMING DRUGSSSSSS

      May 18, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Arturo

    I have read plenty of the comments and I need to inform you all that there exists a plan, provided by the U.S., to help Mexico crack down the cartels. It's called the Merida Initiative and it has aided Mexico with billions of dollars to crack down the cartels. I am sure much more can and must be done, just help pass bills in Congress in order for aid, such as the Merida Initiative, to avoid being blocked. People that compare this case with the SB 1070 law are simply uninformed and have little or no idea of the U.S.-Mexico relationship. The drug war and immigration are simply not related in this case. Greeting from Mexico City.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Matt

    History has demonstrated that the black market demand for drugs has made the trade so lucrative that it cannot be stopped. Anyone saying more force will solve this problem is naive. At best, it will shift the drug smuggling to another area where violence will soon follow as other cartels battle for market share. The only effective way to end the violence is to end drug prohibition just like we did alcohol prohibition in the 1930s.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
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