Mexico suspends search for missing ex-candidate

Mexican authorities suspended their investigation into the disappearance of a former presidential candidate at his relatives` request.

Updated: May 23, 2010, 15:21 PM IST

Mexico City: Mexican authorities suspended their investigation into the disappearance of a former presidential candidate at his relatives` request.

The Attorney General`s Office said in a brief statement yesterday that the investigation in the case of Diego Fernandez de Cevallos has been halted "out of respect for the family`s wishes”.

Fernandez de Cevallos, who ran unsuccessfully for office in 1994, was reported missing on May 15 after his abandoned vehicle was found near his ranch with traces of blood on a pair of scissors.

Diego Fernandez de Cevallos Gutierrez, the politician`s son, released a statement to the media late Friday asking authorities to "stay out of this process in order to help the negotiation”.

The statement appeared to confirm that the family believes Fernandez de Cevallos was kidnapped. However, the Attorney General`s Office has said it cannot confirm an abduction, and police have given no indication of his whereabouts.

A photo of a shirtless, blindfolded man resembling the politician appeared on social networking sites late Thursday.

The picture shows a grim-faced, gray-bearded man with a sheet of plastic in the background. The beard and shape of the face look like those of Fernandez de Cevallos, but the Attorney General`s Office has not confirmed the photo`s authenticity.

PTI