Yolanda Martínez: the young woman who, according to authorities, left home “of her own free will” and was found dead

The Nuevo León Attorney General’s Office reported on Monday the identification of the body of Yolanda Martínez, a 26-year-old girl who had been missing since March 31 in this state in northern Mexico.

The remains, in an advanced state of decomposition, were found this Sunday in the municipality of Júarez, in the metropolitan area of ​​Monterrey.

Griselda Núñez Espinoza, a prosecutor specialized in femicides in the state, revealed that the body wore the same clothes as the day of the disappearance and that it had an estimated evolution of more than three weeks, an indication that death could have occurred shortly after disappearing.

The case is surrounded by questions and loose fringes.

Martinez was seen for the last time in San Nicolas de los Garza after leaving her grandmother’s house, also in the Monterrey metropolitan area.

Since her disappearance, her family has searched non-stop for her and has accused the authorities of research negligence.

For weeks, the Nuevo León Prosecutor’s Office maintained the hypothesis that the young woman had left home of “her own volition” and later opened the possibility that she was fleeing alleged family violence.

Reasons that have not been corroborated by the victim’s father, Gerardo Martínez, who starred in campaign days and protests asking for more attention and investigation to the case.

The discovery of Martínez’s body occurs a few weeks after the bodies of Debanhi Escobar and María Fernanda Contreras, two other young women who disappeared in Nuevo León in similar circumstances, were found.

In recent months, this Mexican state has been under the spotlight due to the wave of disappearances, mostly young women.

Now, in the absence of confirming the cause of death of Yoalnda Martínez, this case increases the indignation with which its inhabitants ask the authorities for answers to stop an endemic problem, that of violence against women, which seriously plagues the entire country.

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What is known about the victim?

Single mother of a three-year-old girl, Yolanda Martínez lost track around noon on March 31.

That day he left his grandmother’s house, in San Nicolás de los Garzo in Monterrey, supposedly to look for work in the area.

Two days earlier, the woman had visited her ex-partner’s home in Guadalupe, on the outskirts of the same city, to see her daughter.

That March 31, Martínez was wearing a black striped blouse, blue jeans, black tennis shoes and a black bag. The same outfits in which she was found dead on Sunday afternoon.

A woman collecting firewood in some bushes and ran into the body After a fetid odor reached him, he was the one who reported the finding to the authorities.

The area where the body was found, in the municipality of Juárez, is located about 11 kilometers from where it was last seen.

Why are the authorities criticized?

Gerardo Martínez has denounced slowness and negligence in the investigations of the Prosecutor’s Office. He assures that a lot of search time was wasted because the authorities affirmed that the majority of women leave home due to family problems or disagreements.

During the first days, practically all the search efforts were conducted by relatives, relatives of the victim and volunteers. They have been handing out flyers, outlining possible routes, asking neighbors, protesting in the media and at the headquarters of institutions.


For several weeks, the Prosecutor’s Office handled the hypothesis that Yolanda Martínez had left home of her own free will, a line of investigation that was later ruled out.

Then, on May 5, much criticism was directed against Samuel García, governor of Nuevo León, who told cameras that the disappearance of the young woman could have to do with leaving her home due to a case of family violence, supposedly from “ an uncle, the mother’s brother, very violent”.

these statements were widely criticized in social networks.

In this wave of disappearances in Nuevo León, the name of the victims changes, but the criticisms against the authorities are repeated: slowness, negligence, lack of transparency and frivolity.

Protests against female violence in CDMX on April 24.

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The case of Debanhi Escobar was the most mediatic of a series that keeps the entire country in suspense.

A crisis that never ends

The appearance of Martínez’s corpse, and pending confirmation of the cause of his death, only amplifies the phenomenon of disappearances that is hitting Nuevo León, one of the wealthiest states in Mexico.

The case of Debanhi Escobar, still wrapped in questionshas been the most mediatic of the crisis that has the entire country pending.

At the end of April, the Nuevo León Prosecutor’s Office admitted deficiencies and removed the heads of the Disappeared Persons Prosecutor’s Office and the Anti-Kidnapping Prosecutor’s Office from their positions.

More than 300 women have been reported missing so far this year in Nuevo León. About 30 remain unaccounted for and six have been found dead.

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Yolanda Martínez: the young woman who, according to authorities, left home “of her own free will” and was found dead