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Men Still Missing In Ojinaga UPDATED: 02/15/12 12:55pm


CBS 7 News
Robert Guaderrama
rguaderrama@cbs7.com
February 15, 2012

Odessa, Texas – Today we caught up with Congressman Mike Conaway to hear his thoughts about the incident. Today was this first Congressman Mike Conaway heard the news of the missing men.

"I pray for his safe return and comfort the family as they go through this horrible circumstance, we gotta find them and bring them back to the United States," said Representative Mike Conaway, U.S. 11th Congressional District.

Though saddened by the news, Congressman Conaway says this incident is another reminder of the dangers of traveling to Mexico right now.

"Pretty well known risks for American traveling in Mexico, I would be very hesitant to travel in Mexico, particularly the border area's given the violence that's manifesting on the other side," said Conaway.

Congressman Conaway says he will make sure the U.S. does all they can to bring these men home. At this time the FBI and the U.S. Department of State have the lead on the investigation.

"We'll continue to work the state department to put whatever pressure is needed on the Mexican government to make sure law enforcement is doing what they're supposed to do," said Conaway.

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Pastor Gabriel Chavez of Word of Guard Ministries tells CBS 7 that he has spoken to the family of the missing men today. He says despite rumors that the men might be dead, the family says they are still looking for the men and authorities have not confirmed any deaths.

Pastor Chavez tells us the family is being very tight lipped about the disappearance and investigation because the do not want to interfere with authorities or aggravate the possible kidnappers.

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We’re still working today to get details on the investigation. Congressman Mike Conaway who represents this area will be speaking with CBS 7 today about the missing men.

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Odessa, Texas – Questions remain unanswered in reference to the three men who reportedly went missing over the weekend. The family tells us 22 year-old Barnaby Gabaldon was with his brother in law, David Garcia,a mexican citizen and Barnaby’s father, Alfredo Gabaldon, a mexican citizen, in Ojinaga, Mexico this weekend when they disappeared around noon Saturday.

CBS 7 contacted Ojinaga Police, when asked if they knew about the disappearance, an official with the station who refused to give us his name said no such report has been filed. The man referred CBS 7 to the Director of Public Security, however wouldn’t give us the Director’s name. We were referred to the secretary but attempts to call were unsuccessful.

FBI is investigating the case, the men are considered “missing.”


The State of Chihuahua's Missing Person's Office tells CBS 7 that they have received the case but could not share any information.