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Monarch Butterfly Activist Vanishes in Mexican Cartel Country

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat   ElHeraldoMexico
On January 13, the disappearance of Homero Gómez, defender of the forests of eastern Michoacán and main promoter of the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary of Ejido El Rosario was reported missing…..

The Attorney General of
the State of Michoacán reported that municipal police officers from Ocampo and
Angangueo were called to testify about the disappearance of activist Homero
Gómez González .

On January 13, the
disappearance of Homero Gómez, defender of the forests of eastern Michoacán and
the main promoter of the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary of the El Rosario El Ejido,
classified as the largest in the world, was reported.

The agency added that
work continues to locate Gómez González, who was last seen in the town of El
Soldado, municipality of Ocampo.

From Daily Beast (Thank
you Gus)

A week after one of
Mexico’s foremost experts on monarch butterflies mysteriously vanished, a local
human-rights organization is urging authorities to investigate, suggesting the
case may be linked to illegal logging.

Homero Gomez, a
50-year-old agricultural engineer who manages the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary
in Michoacan, was last seen Jan. 13 while attending a meeting in a neighboring
town, the attorney general of the State of Michoacá said. Authorities say the
next morning, messages promoting El Rosario were sent from his cellphone to all
of his contacts.
His family reported him
missing that afternoon after his phone went silent, authorities said. The Human
Rights State Commission of Michoacan has also asked the attorney general’s
office to determine if Gomez’s disappearance is linked to his activism against
logging.
The day he went
missing, Gomez tweeted two videos of thousands of monarchs in El Rosario: Both
showed the butterflies “looking for water” in the “largest sanctuary in the
world.”
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