The family has requested that this news be spread without media speculation. For that reason, La politica is posting the following unedited press release:
O’Neil Patrick McGean, an American full-time resident of Mazatlán, Sinaloa for 10 years, has been missing since Tuesday, Oct. 25 under suspicious circumstances.
McGean was last heard from earlier that evening, as he was on his way to meet a new friend at the Hotel Punta Pacifico, at the far north end of this popular retirement and vacation destination for foreigners. His last communication was with another friend at about 8pm, saying that he was on his way.
After that, he has not been seen or heard from. The vehicle he was driving, a white Spark (license plate VRK-1996) was found by friends early Saturday morning parked on Camaron Sabalo one of the busiest streets in the center of the tourist area, near the restaurant Los Zarapes. Neighbors said it had been there for several days. It is now in police custody.
Friends and family say the 52-year-old McGean was a reliable, dependable business owner who would not have disappeared without telling them and would never have left his dogs unattended. He has no history of drug use or involvement and was not a person who partied irresponsibly. For many years he managed the Old Mazatlán Condos in Centro Historico and two years ago also opened Café Playa Sur in a nearby neighborhood, which has been closed for remodeling since April of this year. McGean was actively involved with many charitable organizations and gave freely of his time and energy. He was born in the state of Maryland and lived most of his adult life in Bisbee, Arizona, until moving to Mazatlán in 2006.
Family members have been in Mazatlán since Thursday. The U.S. State Department and FBI are also actively involved. This morning the family issued a statement:
“We’d like to express our family’s deepest and most sincere gratitude for the love and support we have received from the Mazatlán community. It continues to give us strength and hope that our beloved brother O’Neil will be found safely. However, we are greatly concerned by the little information we’re receiving, as time is of the essence. O’Neil loves Mazatlán and the wonderful people who have become a second family to him, and considers Mexico his second home.”
McGean’s family has asked anyone with any information to please contact US line 831-420-8802, Mazatlán cell number 669-198-1599, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.