Mexican teen entered motel alone before she was found in a water tank

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  • Debanhi Escobar was seen walking into the Nueva Castilla Motel in Escobedo, Mexico, on the morning of April 9 
  • Investigators shared footage with Nuevo León Governor Samuel García and the 18-year-old’s parents during a meeting Sunday 
  • The law student’s body was found inside a water tank on the grounds of the motel last Thursday
  • Her death was caused by a contusion to the skull, Nuevo León State Attorney General Gustavo Guerrero said Friday
  • No arrests have been made in connection to Escobar’s murder 

The missing Mexican teen whose body was found inside a water tank near a motel entered the roadside inn by herself, officials revealed Sunday.

Debanhi Escobar, 18, was spotted walking into the Nueva Castilla Motel in Escobedo the morning of April 9 as investigators with the Nuevo León State of the Attorney General were reviewing footage surrounding her mysterious disappearance.

‘The prosecutor Gustavo (Guerrero) and his team showed us a series of evidence, especially some videos, in which we see that Debanhi entered the property alone and that she spent a few minutes in the property,’ said Nuevo León Governor Samuel Garcia, without specifying which area on the motel’s grounds she was seen.

Garcia met with and Escobar’s devastated parents to update them on the hunt for their daughter’s killer. 

‘It is difficult for me, for my wife, but somehow we are calm that we were able to find her, bury her, we know where to put a flower, where to mourn her, but many people do not have that,’ said her heartbroken father, Mario Escobar.

‘We are not going to stop, we are going to help people, we are going to tell their story.’ 

Debanhi Escobar was photographed by a rideshare app driver identified as 47-year-old Jesús Nuevo León, Mexico, the morning of April 9 after she decided to get out of the car following an alleged argument
Debanhi Escobar was photographed by a rideshare app driver identified as 47-year-old Jesús Nuevo León, Mexico, the morning of April 9 after she decided to get out of the car following an alleged argument
Debanhi Escobar went out to party with two girlfriends April 8 in Escobedo, Mexico, before she was reported missing after failing to return home. She was found inside a water tank on the grounds of a motel last Thursday
Debanhi Escobar went out to party with two girlfriends April 8 in Escobedo, Mexico, before she was reported missing after failing to return home. She was found inside a water tank on the grounds of a motel last Thursday
Forensic workers carry out a search following the discovery of Debanhi Escobar's body inside a water tank on the grounds of the Nueva Castilla Motel
Forensic workers carry out a search following the discovery of Debanhi Escobar’s body inside a water tank on the grounds of the Nueva Castilla Motel

Escobar disappeared after going to a party with two girlfriends in Escobedo on April 8.

A haunting photo of her was snapped by a rideshare driver the morning of April 9 before she vanished.

Following almost two weeks of non-stop searching that extended to other neighboring states, Escobar’s body was discovered Thursday inside a cistern that was no longer in use after motel worker’s reported the smell of a foul odor.

Guerrero told reporters Friday that Escobar’s death was caused by contusion to the skull.

It’s still unknown how she wound up inside the water tank.

Debanhi Escobar is said to have gotten into an argument with her two girl friends during a night of partying April 8 in Nuevo León, Mexico. One of them contacted a ride share app driver identified as Juan David Cuellar, who was off duty, to driver Escobar home. Escobar' father, Mario Escobar, told reporters Friday that video footage showed her leaving the car after  Cuellar  tried to touch her breasts,
Debanhi Escobar is said to have gotten into an argument with her two girl friends during a night of partying April 8 in Nuevo León, Mexico. One of them contacted a ride share app driver identified as Juan David Cuellar, who was off duty, to driver Escobar home. Escobar’ father, Mario Escobar, told reporters Friday that video footage showed her leaving the car after  Cuellar  tried to touch her breasts,
Relatives and friends attend the funeral service of Debanhi Escobar, an 18-year-old law student who went missing on April 9 in Escobedo, Mexico. Her body was discovered inside a water tank on the grounds of the Nueva Castilla Motel on Thursday
Relatives and friends attend the funeral service of Debanhi Escobar, an 18-year-old law student who went missing on April 9 in Escobedo, Mexico. Her body was discovered inside a water tank on the grounds of the Nueva Castilla Motel on Thursday
Dolores Bazaldua holds a portrait of her daughter, Debanhi Escobar, during the 18-year-old's burial service
Dolores Bazaldua holds a portrait of her daughter, Debanhi Escobar, during the 18-year-old’s burial service
Juan David Cuéllar, a 47-year-old ride share app driver in Nuevo León, Mexico, was taken into custody last April 12 for drug possession, He was questioned over the disappearance of Debanhi Escobar, but was found to have not been involved
Juan David Cuéllar, a 47-year-old ride share app driver in Nuevo León, Mexico, was taken into custody last April 12 for drug possession, He was questioned over the disappearance of Debanhi Escobar, but was found to have not been involved

Mario Escobar laid his daughter to rest Saturday and said that she had been ‘beaten and strangled.’

‘We are destroyed inside,’ Escobar said during the law student’s funeral service. ‘We had so much faith that we would find her alive, but that’s not what happened.’

According to reports, Debanhi Escobar had argued with one of the girls at the bar. One of them reached out to a 47-year-old rideshare app driver they knew, identified as Juan David Cuéllar, to drop off Escobar at her residence.

During the ride on the morning of April 9, Jesús stopped his vehicle in the vicinity of the Nueva Castilla Motel and Transportes Internacionales Alcosa – a trucking company – after Escobar allegedly told him she wanted to get out following an alleged argument.

As proof that she was no longer in the vehicle, Jesús took the photo and sent it to her two friends.

A surveillance camera near the trucking company showed Escobar walking by its entrance. She would have then continued walking down the road before entering the Nueva Castilla Motel. Family and friends attend funeral service of Debanhi Escobar

Security forces work at a crime scene at the Nueva Castilla Motel where the body of Debanhi Escobar was found Thursday
Security forces work at a crime scene at the Nueva Castilla Motel where the body of Debanhi Escobar was found Thursday
Dolores Bazaldua (left) and Mario Escobar (right), the parents of Debanhi Escobar, are consoled by a priest during a mass on Saturday before their 18-year-old daughter was laid to rest in Galeana, Mexico
Dolores Bazaldua (left) and Mario Escobar (right), the parents of Debanhi Escobar, are consoled by a priest during a mass on Saturday before their 18-year-old daughter was laid to rest in Galeana, Mexico
People take part in a march in Mexico City on Sunday to demand justice for the victims of gender violence and femicides after the death of Debanhi Escobar
People take part in a march in Mexico City on Sunday to demand justice for the victims of gender violence and femicides after the death of Debanhi Escobar

Cuéllar was arrested on a drug possession charge on April 12, but was ruled out as a suspect in Escobar’s disappearance. 

However, Mario Escobar accused Cuéllar of having played a role his daughter having gone missing after a video showed the driver attempting to put his hands over Debanhi Escobar’s breasts.

‘There is a (video) where the taxi driver extends his hand to my daughter’s breasts and from there I suppose that my daughter could not stand the harassment,’ Mario Escobar said. ‘But the prosecutor says that there is no crime to prosecute … I accuse Juan David Cuéllar of detonating all this.’

Source: Daily Mail

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