By Steve Dellar   |  09-16-2017   News
Photo credit: @sandra_ov | Twitter

Mexico reached the end of a tale that has gripped the nation for a week. Miss Mara Fernanda Castilla, 19 years old, was finally found near a motel in the state capital Puebla.

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The governor, Mr Tony Gali declared in his Twitter account that "with deep pain I send my condolences to the family of the victim, Mara Castilla. The presumed culprit has been arrested and will pay for this crime."

The girl’s body was found wrapped in a sheet with the motel’s name on it.

Mexicans had been seeing the family of Mara on television calling out desperately for any news of the young girl who disappeared after taking a Cabify (ride-sharing app) ride a week ago.

State prosecutors declared that the killer, identified as Ricardo N. took her to a motel after she had called the car service a week ago, and that the driver would be charged with her murder.

A spokeswoman for Cabify, a company that competes with Uber for ride-hailing business and is based in Madrid, Spain, declined to comment directly on the case. Cabify did release a statement expressing its condolences about Castilla’s death: "we demand that the full weight of the law be brought to bear against those responsible."

Ride hailing apps are quite new in Mexico and there have been few violent crimes linked to it so far. There was a rape case with an Uber driver last year.

In the US, crimes involving ride-hailing apps are much more common. We reported on a killer using Lyft to transport a dead body for 100 miles two weeks ago. That story here:

https://thegoldwater.com/news/7599-Murder-Suspect-Uses-Lyft-to-Transport-a-Dead-Body

The list of reported deaths, sexual assaults, kidnappings and other incidents attributed to ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft grown longer every day and is as international as it can get. You can find that list here: http://www.whosdrivingyou.org/rideshare-incidents

Source:

https://elpais.com/elpais/2017/09/15/actualidad/1505506513_087870.html

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