The Latin Times reports that the bodies of Monteverde’s father and brother, Juan Manuel Gómez Fernéndez and Juan Manuel Gómez Monteverde, were found in a remote region known as El Chachalaco, of Pueblo Viejo, northern Veracruz on Sept. 19. They both sustained traumatic brain injuries, Veracruz state prosecutor Luis Angel Bravo Contreras told People.
They were reported missing Sept. 4, and held for ransom. Televisa news anchor Carlos Loret de Mola reported that the ransom for their release was paid, but that the kidnappers refused to keep their word.
The Little Boy and Bella director’s brother, Juan Manuel, was a business partner at “La Pecerita,” previously known as “El Callejón de los Milagros” in Tampico, Tamaulipas. The Latin Times reports that the restaurant has had drug cartel activity in the past, and that “the south of Tamaulipas and the north of Veracruz are lawless territories with high rates of crime, primarily caused by drug cartel members.”
People also reports that Veracruz Attorney General’s Office is currently working with authorities in Tamaulipas to investigate the deaths. Forensic testing is currently being done on a car that they suspect was used by the kidnappers.
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Landy, who was crowned Miss USA in 1996, and Monteverde wed in 2006 and have three children together.
Our thoughts go out to the family during this difficult time.