In early May, a two-year-old girl was found barefoot and alone outside a church in the Mexican coastal city of Cancun.
Shortly thereafter, the 32-year-old’s mother, Thanna Louise Shanks, was reported missing.
The 32-year-old was last seen on Monday, May 2, and it is not known how she separated from her 2-year-old daughter.
He disappeared without a trace
Tahnee Louise Shanks is from Australia, but moved to Mexico at the age of 18 in 2007, where she also met her 2-year-old father – Jorge Aguirre Estudillo.
The family of three, who live in the town of Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula, had booked a hotel room in Cancun when Shanks and his girlfriend disappeared without a trace.
According to ABC News, the 2-year-old was identified after a Facebook search went viral.
Tinai’s brother, Daniel Shanks, was the first to discover the photo of the two-year-old niece.
– We contacted them (the person who posted the photo, diary.) immediately and told them who the girl is, says Daniel to the site.
The two-year-old was reunited with her grandparents and uncle, who immediately boarded the first flight from Queensland when she was found.
They express their grave concern for the baby’s mother, bow, because they do not know where she is – or if she is safe.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs provided consular assistance to the family. Queensland Police, along with the missing Australians and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, are in contact with the Mexican authorities.
The Australian Embassy was also involved in the disappearance.
According to Danielle Shank, the sister has been trying for a while to bring the two-year-old home to Australia. The child, like his mother bent over, has Mexican citizenship.
He tells ABC News that the father agreed to sign the papers, but the couple were in the midst of a serious quarrel.
The last message from Teni was sent on the first Sunday of May. She wrote to her brother Daniel on Messenger and mentioned that she was in a small fishing village with poor coverage.
– Something was wrong, explains the brother.
– Both are missing
According to the Attorney General of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Oscar Montes de Oca Rosales, the course of events is rather strange.
– We analyze the surveillance videos in chronological order. The family visited Cancun for a day, booked a hotel and returned to Merida. But on the way, they decided to return to Cancun, and that’s when the girl was found, he tells local media, republished in the Australian newspaper The Courier Mail.
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According to the prosecutor, the father of the two-year-old girl was deported from the United States after an attack on a police officer. Ex-girlfriends are also said to have reported him for violence.
At this point, they are both victims. They are missing people. Later we can find out if he was responsible, but so far he is just a victim, notes Montes de Oca Rosales.
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