A medical student who was reported missing in Huehuetenango was found around 9:30 pm on Friday, January 5.
The young man, Erick Estuardo Figueroa, 27, was reported missing on January 5 of the same year, and the complaint was registered in file MP214-2024-24.
The report mentioned that he was last seen on the way to the village of Chelam in the municipality of San Sebastiano, Huehuetenango department. The student was participating in supervised professional exercise (EPS) at the Western University Center.
The National Civilian Police (PNC) police station reported that the young man was found at home with his mother at night.
Information provided by authorities details the time Figueroa was detained. According to the document, the young man may have said that he was on his way to a meeting at the health center in Aldea Tzabal, in the municipality of San Sebastian H, and asked for a ride.
Later, “as he got into the car, they put a gun to his head and told him they were taking him to treat someone with a leg injury, but gave no further information,” according to the report provided by PNC. information about what happened, indicating that he would not cooperate further. “
The National Commission also assured that he showed no signs of violence or injury. As a result of Figueroa’s presence, authorities will notify the Public Ministry, which has reported the disappearance.
The disappearance was reported through a publication posted by the Western University Center on social networks.
Health authorities differ
The health authority coordinating the medical student’s EPS differed from the version provided by the young man to the PNC authorities.
“Everything indicates that the boy’s failure to participate in scheduled activities in the community to which he was assigned was a lie. He did not take into account that the entire anti-kidnapping protocol would be activated,” the EPS Coordinating Authority reported.
The medical student supervision internship coordinator asked for clarification of the situation. “EPS are valuable personnel for DRISSHUEHUE, we have more than 120 students in priority communities and if the situation is not clarified, no one will want to come to Huehuetenango,” they explained.
Additionally, they noted that “agency staff have issued requests not to travel to the community ‘because it is dangerous'” and that “residents of San Sebastian Huehuetenango are upset as they indicate that their municipality The government’s performance is terrible. ”
“As a country, news of students being kidnapped makes us look bad,” they said.