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Missing on vacation in foreign country? ☑
Caucasian with blonde hair? X
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Family: Eastpointe teen goes missing in Cancun
Santiago Esparza / The Detroit News
Eastpointe -- Amy Vargas had always dreamed of visiting Mexico, a country whose passion for soccer mirrored her own love for the sport.
A veteran of several soccer leagues in Macomb County, Vargas, 16, dreamed of one day donning a uniform for a professional team like her idol, David Beckham.
Last Saturday she flew to Mexico with her grandmother and great-grandmother and stayed at the Great Parnassus Resort in Cancun. On Thursday she was playing baseball on a beach with a group of people and then left the game to use a restroom, her mother D'an Simmons said. Vargas never returned.
"It was a dream that turned into a nightmare," Simmons said of her daughter's longtime wish to visit Mexico.
Vargas is half Costa Rican and fluent in English and Spanish, her mother said.
"I told her you are from two cultures and should know both cultures," Simmons said.
Simmons is preparing to fly to Chicago, where she will make a plea for an emergency passport to travel to Mexico to help in an effort to find Vargas.
"That is the only thing keeping me calm," she said of the preparations. "I just want her back safe."
Simmons said the FBI, police in Mexico and the resort's security team are working hard to find her daughter and she praised their efforts.
The FBI office in Detroit on Saturday confirmed they had received a missing person report for an area juvenile but declined to comment further on the case.
Simmons said her daughter is no stranger to traveling safely and over the summer visited St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She said Vargas planned this trip to coincide with mid-terms wrapping up at Dakota High School; she is in the 10th grade.
"She had been looking forward to the trip for forever," Simmons said.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100...#ixzz0eESuKEj8