2 arrested in connection with LA FF's disappearance

Los Angeles Firefighter Francisco Aguilar went missing during a trip to Mexico in August; Mexican investigators say they believe Aguilar may have been shot


By Laura French

MEXICO — Two people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of a Los Angeles firefighter in August. 

Los Angeles Firefighter Francisco "Frank" Aguilar, a 20-year veteran of the department, went missing during a trip to Mexico on Aug. 21. On Thursday, police in the Mexican state of Baja California arrested a couple, identified only as Santos "N" and Fanny "N," who were reportedly the last people seen with Aguilar before he disappeared, according to the Border Report.  

Baja California Chief Prosecutor Hiram Sánchez Zamora said the couple were recorded by surveillance cameras at Aguilar's condo on the day of his disappearance. Aguilar's condo had been discovered in a state of disarray by his brother who had traveled to Mexico to look for him. 

Sánchez Zamora said the couple is believed to have attempted to kidnap Aguilar and that Aguilar may have been shot while trying to flee. Investigators reportedly found blood inside Aguilar's vehicle, which was not at his condo when he was first reported missing. 

Authorities said the couple had Aguilar's credit card in their possession at the time they were arrested, and that the card had been used in at least three cities in the weeks since Aguilar went missing. The couple denied ever meeting Aguilar, officials said.

The pair face charges of forced disappearance and theft. Authorities are continuing to search for Aguilar in the hopes he is still alive. 

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