MISSING BORDER ANGELS ACTIVIST HUGO CASTRO FOUND ALIVE AND INJURED

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By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2017 (San Diego) — Hugo Castro, a San Diego-based activist with Border Angels, has been found alive after an apparent abduction near Mexico City, Mexico’s Attorney General announced.  According to Mexico’s Attorney General, an anonymous caller tipped off a special prosecutor for disappeared persons and Castro was found on a street in the city of Tlalnepantla de Baz.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment of wounds apparently suffered during a kidnapping, and is in stable condition.

Castro was extremely fortunate. Less than 1% of the 10,000 people who have gone missing in Mexico have been found, KPBS reports. The Mexican government has launched an investigation in the case.

Castro, who is U.S. citizen, posted a Facebook Live video Thursday shortly before he disappeared. In it, he said his life had been threatened by a cab driver sent to pick up Haitians and stated that criminals were “hunting him.” He listed the highway where je was stranded and asked for someone to pick him up, adding, “I can’t trust the police.”

He vanished while on his way to Queretaro, Mexico to join a caravan aiding Haitians traveling from Central American to the U.S. in hopes of being granted asylum.  Castro reportedly sought to protect migrants from being preyed upon by robbers, kidnappers seeking ransoms, and human traffickers.

Castro’s partner, Gaba Cortes, met with Mexican officials before posting a notice on Facebook that Castro was found alive, adding. “Thank you to all who intervened.”