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UPDATED NEWS! 2 Americans kidnapped in Mexico found dead, 2 rescued alive and back in US

March 7, 2023

Two of the four Americans kidnapped in Mexico have been found dead, while the other two were rescued alive, officials announced Tuesday.

The survivors — Eric James Williams and Latavia “Tay” McGee — have returned to the U.S., their families said.

The four Americans — Williams, McGee, Zindell Brown and McGee’s cousin Shaeed Woodard — arrived Friday morning in Matamoros, Mexico, which is in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas just south of Brownsville, Texas.

“Shortly after crossing into Mexico, unidentified gunmen shot the passengers of the vehicle,” the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City said. The Americans had been traveling in a white minivan.

“The gunmen herded the four U.S. citizens into another vehicle and fled,” the embassy said.

Price said, “We thank our Mexican and U.S. law enforcement partners for their efforts to find these innocent victims and the task forward is to ensure that justice is done.”

President Joe Biden has “been kept updated” on the situation, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Tuesday, adding that U.S. officials are in touch with the families.

Jean-Pierre called attacks on U.S. citizens “unacceptable.”

ABC News’ Ellie Kaufman, Matt Rivers, Anne Laurent, Shannon Crawford, Dan Carranza and Luke Barr contributed to this report.

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