MEXICO CITY — Three young American girls and their Mexican mother were shot to death and dumped in a cornfield outside Mexico's western city of Guadalajara, officials said Thursday, and police said they were seeking the father for questioning.
The bodies were found early Wednesday with gunshot wounds to the head and chest. The four had been returning from a trip to the beach. Authorities found dozens of 9-millimeter shell casings next to towels, empty soft drink bottles and pairs of sandals. All four victims were wearing swimsuits.
The children were identified as Sharon Denise Mar, 13, Kelsey Idette Mar, 10, and Nerissa Aileen Mar, 9, U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Josie Shumake said. All three were U.S. citizens. The mother, Maria A. Caraveo, was a permanent legal resident of the United States, Shumake said.
Authorities were searching Thursday for Benito Martin Mar, a Mexican national who lives with the family in Brownsville, Texas, said Lino Gonzalez, a spokesman for the Guadalajara police.