16 Year Old Amy Vargas Missing While Vacationing in Cancun, Mexico (UPDATE: Found Safe)


Does Cancun, Mexico have a Natatlee Holloway type missing persons case on their hands?



16 Year old Amy Vargas is missing while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico with her grandmother and great grandmother. Amy Vargas went missing on January 28, 2010 where according to Vargas’ grandmother while they were at the pool, Vargas asked to use the restroom and never returned. Vargas  disappeared while taking a bathroom break from a pickup baseball game on the beach Thursday. According to authorities who interviewed resort employees, they believe Amy Vargas left the property with two other men.

Family members said they checked into Great Parnasus Hotel last Saturday and Amy Vargas disappeared on Thursday shortly after she spoke to her mother by phone.

“She said, ‘I’m with grandma. I’m fine. I love you and I’ll see you soon,’” said Vargas’ mother D’An Simmons.

Vargas’ grandmother said while they were at the pool, Vargas asked to use the restroom and never returned.

The family is convinced that she did not leave willingly. Who ever may have taken her knew what they were doing as investigators tried to track Vargas through her cell phone; however,  it appears the phone was turned off shortly after she disappeared.

Eastpointe teen goes missing in Cancun

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.

If anyone has any information regarding the missing Amy Vargas please call Cancun police at 998-884-1913.

UPDATE I: FBI says missing Michigan girl, 16, safe in Mexico

A 16-year-old Macomb Township girl who went missing while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico, with her grandmother and great-grandmother has been found safe.

The FBI Told Local 4 News that Amy Vargas, of Eastpointe, was recovered in Mexico Monday and has been returned to her family.

Posted February 1, 2010 by
Mexico, Missing Persons, World | 17 comments

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    17 Responses to “16 Year Old Amy Vargas Missing While Vacationing in Cancun, Mexico (UPDATE: Found Safe)”

    1. 16 Year Old Amy Vargas Missing in Cancun, Mexico Since Jan. 28, 2010 | Scared Monkeys Missing Persons Site on February 1st, 2010 8:19 am

      [...] Vargas is missing while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico with her grandmother and great grandmother. Amy Vargas went missing on January 28, 2010 where according to Vargas’ grandmother while they were at the pool, Vargas asked to use the [...]

    2. Michelle on February 1st, 2010 10:33 am

      Is the scum Urine in Cancun?

    3. Rusty Bridges on February 1st, 2010 1:31 pm

      #2, more likley copy cat scumbags who see how easy it is to kidnap americans when nothing is done by our govt. in Natalee’s case

    4. Its Me on February 1st, 2010 2:16 pm

      When are people going to learn? Its a crap shoot whenever a little white girl goes to any of these places. If you are a white girl and feel the need to visit any of these places you need to hire a couple of professional body guards to stay with you 24 hours a day. Boy wouldnt that be fun.

    5. A Texas Grandfather on February 1st, 2010 2:34 pm

      I hope they find her and she is unharmed.
      Women who travel to Mexico and any destination in Central America without males in the party are asking for trouble.
      This area is one of the main human trafficing routes in the world. A gradmother and great grandmother would be little help in a confrontation with thugs.
      Cancun is on the water and there is plenty of jungle nearby in which to hide a kidnapped person or to transport them to another country.

    6. GetAGrip on February 1st, 2010 3:31 pm

      She was found safe. She ran off voluntarily with some guy (possible boyfriend) who is around 23 years old. She had signed onto her Myspace account, a classmate back home saw her online and notified the FBI. The FBI then traced the connection and located the irresponsible selfish brat.

      Stop bashing Cancun (Hotel Zone)….it is built upon and DEPENDS on tourism and is known throughout the country for its low crime rates. You might run into some petty thieves and some pot dealers, but if you want more than that you have to pretty much go looking for it.

    7. Michelle on February 1st, 2010 5:10 pm

      I’ve been to Cancun twice and I know that you better stay on the main strip and not venture off. I was there with my husband and some friends and we didn’t have any problems but we were never alone during our trips either. You have to be careful when you are in foreign countries as #5 pointed out, anything can happen. I also know first hand that the alcohol flows freely in those places and it’s real easy to get into trouble if you aren’t really careful. We used a travel agent when we booked our trips and we were informed not to take taxi’s but to ride the buses. For one, the taxis were not marked and second, they charge you whatever they feel like.

      It’s really sad that you don’t feel safe on vacation anymore.

      I hope this girl is found safely.

      Prayers to the this girl & her family.

    8. GetAGrip on February 1st, 2010 5:53 pm

      I’ve been going to Cancun every year for the past 13 years and there ARE marked taxis and you are supposed to negotiate on price before leaving. We usually have the resort hail a cab and then take the bus back from wherever we are going.

      Problems arise ANYWHERE when one consumes too much alcohol. But when you are down there and hear the words “all inclusive” or “all you can drink,” just know that you aren’t getting the best stuff to flow out a bottle. You probably will wake up hungover if you don’t drink responsibly and within your limit.

      Venturing off ANYWHERE in unfamiliar territory has the potential for a bad situation–not just in Cancun.

    9. kim on February 1st, 2010 8:41 pm

      GetAGrip How do you know she was found alive? I would think they would of updated this and let it be known. You sound angry??????

    10. Michelle on February 2nd, 2010 10:57 am

      I wasn’t bashing Cancun, I was simply stating my experiences. I didn’t have a problem while there. However, it was many years ago and I know things have changed since my trips. At the time I went they didn’t have the marked taxis and the travel agency suggested taking the bus. I had a great time and loved every minute of it, I’m just saying that you have to be careful when away from home.

    11. John on February 2nd, 2010 3:43 pm

      Was just in Cancun in early December. Great place to vacation. Glad she was found alive.

    12. John on February 2nd, 2010 3:45 pm

      Was just in Cancun in early December. Great place to vacation. Glad she was found alive.

    13. Stina on February 2nd, 2010 11:32 pm

      She was found alive on Sunday the 31st. And IT WAS on the news. Maybe u should pay attention? Im curious to know what happened though. The news hasnt done a further update

    14. Mary on February 3rd, 2010 3:35 pm

      This ‘little girl’ ran away willingly; she had a big fight with her grandma & decided to leave the hotel. She even called her granma to tell her she was on Playa del Carmen & already had a job and she was quite happy…. but this version didn’t appear in the media, since this seems not to be newsworthy. In the meantime, once again, Cancun and Mexico image was damaged and a lot of people depending on tourism & foreign investment, as well.

    15. A Texas Grandfather on February 3rd, 2010 4:43 pm

      This little girl is so selfish to treat her family in such a way. Her parents need to get her back in the USA ,then ground her for about two years. To school or church and back and nothing else.
      If she were my child she would have a very warm place where she sits when I got my hands on her.
      Girls loose most of their common sense around age fourteen or fifteen and some of them never get it back until their late twenties.
      In our current society, it is all about me me me with the teenagers. Never mind about the sheer terror she created within her family.

    16. ayfit on February 4th, 2010 12:03 am

      Natalee wasen’t as lucky. Joron will have his day,along with alot of aruban officials. Remember Joron this is your temporary home. You’re just passing through on the way to HELL!!! You have hurt too many. You and your father have distroyed too many lifes. Judgement day looms and life is short.

    17. Amy Vargas on February 1st, 2017 10:34 pm

      You know a lot of time has passed since this happened and for some reason I decided to Google my name and this what poped up. It’s funny the conclusions some of you people came to all of them incorrect by the way and I love how others were so quick to judge and call me selfish and a brat when you have absolutely no idea why I did what I did not that anyone cares anymore because this was 7 years ago wow how time flies. I appreciate the comments of people that were glad I was safe even though I wasn’t in any real danger to begin with but thank you. At first when I saw the comments I was angry and wanted to give you guys the true story the whole story but now I’m not so sure. I forgive the people who were judgemental and ignorant.

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