Monday, February 11, 2013

México: American Expat Stabbed, Killed in San Miguel de Allende, Mentally Ill Daughter Missing

According to The Associated Press, and keeping in mind that details are very sketchy, Joyous Heart, 53,  a US citizen and resident of San Miguel de Allende, was found dead in her kitchen on February 1. Her throat had been cut; she had sustained some 40 stab wounds, suggesting extreme anger on the part of the assailant.

At this point, the assailant seemed intent on homicide, as there was no evidence of forcible-entry or robbery.

COMMENT: In the past two years, a person from Canada and two from the United States were stabbed to death in San Miguel de Allende. 

The first was on January 18, 2011, when Peter C. Mudge, 85, from the United States, was found dead in his home. 

The second incident occurred on June 29, 2011, when Judith Zena Bailes, 64, originally from Canada, was found with 23 injuries with a knife in the community of Atotonilco.

The victim had apparently lived in San Miguel for a number of years, and also had an adopted daughter of 18, who suffered from severe schizophrenia.

Unfortunately, the daughter has not been seen since leaving the home the two women shared, following an argument. Authorities are looking for the daughter and canvassing the neighborhood (Santa Teresita de Don Diego) that Ms. Heart lived in.

San Miguel de Allende is an art colony known for its art schools and Spanish institutes. The population is 139,000.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.