20-year-old Mexican police chief fired after failing to show up for work
Officials last week denied reports that Marisol Valles Garcia had abandoned her post.
March 7th, 2011
01:05 PM ET

20-year-old Mexican police chief fired after failing to show up for work

Police chief Marisol Valles Garcia has been fired, an official in Praxedis G. Guerrero, Mexico, said Monday.

The 20-year-old criminology student made headlines when she took the reins of the police force in one of the most violent cities in the border state of Chihuahua. It's common for police officers in Praxedis to be abducted and killed.

"Marisol did not show up for work this morning as she was expected," town secretary Andres Morales said. "Since she was on a personal leave that expired today and did not reach out to us over the weekend, she now faces termination.  It is now an official matter.  We don't know anything about her whereabouts. Our attempts to get a hold of her during the weekend were unsuccessful."

Praxedis Mayor Jose Luis Guerrero told CNN last week that Valles Garcia was on personal leave because her 8-month-old baby was sick. He said she was expected back at work Monday.

"Marisol, in fact, still works here and she's still getting paid. She comes back on Monday," he said.

Praxedis is located about 35 miles southeast of Ciudad Juarez, one of the bloodiest cities in world.

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soundoff (432 Responses)
  1. foghorner

    What ding dong hired a 20 year old, to Police one of the most dangerous cities in the world?
    that's just as funny as a 20 year old accepting a job that vested veteran police run away from.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      She volunteered to take the job because NO ONE ELSE WANTED IT. That's why they hired her.

      March 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |

    Who in here has tried meth?, don't lie!

    March 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |


    March 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |

    Come in now, who else?

    March 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sweetfa

    FOX reported that President Obama and a socialist group of tree-huggers are responsible for her disappearance.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. nombre

    Has anyone made sure she is Ok? Considering the chaos down there...

    March 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |

    Hey where everybody go? It was fun talking about burritos!

    March 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |

    Tacos, enchiladas, menudo, chinichangas, I'm getting hungry, I haven't eaten in days. Meth doesn't let you eat.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anywhere ButThe BriarPatch

    So they fired her. I'm sure she's heartbroken.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Obama Bin Laden

    Last time I looked Mexico was actually a different country, so I can't figure out why CNN listed this in the US News category as opposed to World News

    March 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. big D

    Brown sugar! Sucks that she has a kid already, but I'm sure its still tight.

    March 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jack D

    she was probably playing futbol

    March 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chuck5767

    CNN might want someone to proofread their blogs a little better, the last sentence is missing a "the". Not to mention this story makes no sense. If history is any indicator she probably was taken from her post, and to say she's fled when no one actually knows is irresponsible. Step it up CNN

    March 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jack D

    shes pretty cute btw id let her arrest me

    March 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DebG

    I am sick and tired of people claiming asylum here. I think it was calculated so she and her family could come to the US. Her hometown is so small and in her brief tenure she did NOTHING, other than accepting the job, that if she moved to another part of Mexico no one would have bothered her. Jeez! How many Mexicans can we cram into this country?

    March 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
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