Former Marine Armando Torres still missing in Mexico
As The American Legion and Soldiers' Wish continue to find and grant wishes from/to veterans (you can read more of that by clicking here) we got one request that sort of breaks the heart, from the sister of Armando Torres:
Reason for Nomination: USMC Cpl. Armando Torres III a veteran of the Iraq war and also a humanitarian mission to Africa with the Marines. Was on Inactive Ready Reserve when he stopped to visit his father in Talaumpus Mexico. He was kidnapped by what is suspected to be a drug cartel. We have been trying to get the word out to news agencies to help aid in his recovery. He did the right thing for this country. Now it is time for us to do the same thing for him. We are not looking for money. We are looking for help spreading the word to the American Public. The President of the United States is supposedly aware of this. But, to date he has not spoken out for this Marine. You can check out our face book site "Get our Brother Back". This radio interview was conducted that may shed some light to his story. But it is going to take enormous pressure on the Mexican government to get him recovered. What can you do for this Marine? I am requesting you get his story out there for him as he is unable to make this request himself.
They do seem to be making some headway with getting word out there. Here's a Fox News article about it:
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, who led the way in freeing jailed U.S. Marine Jon Hammar, held on bogus gun charges in Mexico, told Fox News Latino she plans to step up political pressure to make sure Armando Torres III's case is solved quickly.
“Right now our plan of action is that next week we're going to take to the House floor,” said Ros-Lehtinen. “So we're going to step it up a notch. We tried the quiet way, and now we're going to raise the profile of this case.”
Meanwhile, the FBI has told the family to prepare for the worst. It is widely believed Torres and members of his family were taken by drug cartel members.
“There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about my brother, and he's always on my mind,” Cristina Torres, Armando’s sister, told Fox News Latino. “I wouldn't wish it on anyone else. It's very hard. I just want my brother back.”
And some video of it from ABC:
Let's hope and pray that this young marine and his family find their way home safely.