He Was Kidnapped Just After Graduating From Medical School In Mexico And Can’t Remember Anything That Happened
There are multiple questions surrounding an Arkansas man who disappeared in Mexico following his graduation from medical school earlier this month. Jessy Pacheco, 29, was out celebrating with a friend in Guadalajara when officials say they were attacked and his friend killed. Officials presumed Pacheco was kidnapped after going missing for over a week back on June 15th. But according to CNN, he was seen last Friday on airport surveillance cameras leaving Mexico with his mother. The next day, his family didn’t say much about how he was found.
Jessy Pacheco says he doesn’t remember a thing about vanishing or what happened to his friend.
Pacheco arrived safe and returned to the U.S. over the weekend. Joined with his parents, he gave a press conference Sunday that raised many questions as to what happened in Mexico. According to Pacheco, he doesn’t have a clue how he went missing besides the celebration beforehand.
“I can’t recall anything,” Pacheco said at the press conference back home. “I mean, it was just a complete blackout. Graduation was amazing, all my family and friends were there. Next thing you know (I) blacked out and then ended up showing up back home.”
The celebration happened just hours after he graduated from medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.
Pacheco’s close friend, Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero, was found beaten, shot, and killed a block away from the bar where they were last seen.
Authorities found Romero’s body two days later near the bar where both he and Pacheco were last seen together. Romero, who was also a medical school student and U.S. citizen, was reportedly attacked and fatally shot by a group equipped with an AK-47, according to the Jalisco attorney general’s office, NBC News reports.
“Carlos was a close friend of mine and I’m sorry it happened to him,” Pacheco said. “I would have taken his place, he didn’t deserve it.”
To this point, Pacheco says he didn’t know how many days he went missing or what happened to him after leaving the bar. He has also yet to speak with Mexican authorities since returning to back home to Arkansas.
“There are things that we don’t know, and that’s what they [authorities] are trying to figure out because we just don’t know,” Pacheco said.
There are still so many questions behind this disappearance and how Pacheco returned home.
Many are wondering how Pacheco was found or if some information is being withheld from him or his family. On Sunday, his family would not elaborate or discuss how Pacheco was found after being presumed kidnapped.
“We don’t know who he was with, who had him,” Vilma Franco, Pacheco’s mother, said at the press conference. “We don’t know nothing.”
There are currently no suspects at this time but Jalisco Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solís Gómez told NBC News that investigators had believed Pacheco was kidnapped by the same group that killed his friend. But there has yet to be any arrests in connection with Romero’s death. The FBI is also being involved in the investigation of the case.
While there are still details to be sorted out, at this time, Pacheco’s family is just happy to have their son back home.
“I didn’t think I was going to be back home. I thought my life was over, but I’m home,” Pacheco said. “I’m just glad I’m home. A lot of people who are in these kinds of situations don’t get this opportunity. I thank God.”