( 4UMF NEWS ) Ali Landry’s In-Laws Found Dead After Kidnapping:
The father-in-law and brother-in-law of former Miss USA Ali Landry were found dead in Mexico after reportedly being kidnapped and held for ransom.
The bodies of Juan Manuel Gómez Fernández and his son, Juan Manuel Gómez Monteverde, were recovered in a remote region of Veracruz Saturday, the Latin Times reported.
That tragic discovery follows the men being kidnapped while leaving their Gulf Coast home in Tampico, Tamaulipas, on Sept. 4.
Gómez Fernández and Gómez Monteverde are the father and brother of filmmaker Alejandro Gómez Monteverde, 38, who directed “Bella” and “Little Boy” and is married to Landry.
A ransom had been paid for their release, according to the report which cited Televisa, but the kidnappers didn’t keep their word.
Their bodies were instead found less than 10 miles south in Pueblo Viejo, Veracruz.
Authorities found a car nearby that they suspect was used by the kidnappers. It had a license plate from Tamaulipas and was undergoing forensic testing, authorities said.
The Veracruz Attorney General’s Office said it was working with its counterpart in Tamaulipas to investigate the deaths, according to The Advocate.
Monteverde’s brother, Gómez Monteverde,was reportedly a business partner at La Pecerita, a restaurant that has allegedly reported drug cartel activity in the past.
Tamaulipas, where the restaurant is located, is a known cartel stronghold.
There was no statement from the Monteverde family. After being crowned Miss USA in 1996, Landry became known as the Doritos Girl after starring in the chips’ smash Super Bowl ad two years later.
The Louisiana-born beauty was briefly married to “Saved by the Bell” actor Mario Lopez in 2004, but the two split amid rumors that Lopez had cheated.
She has worked as a model and has appeared on TV shows and in movies, including her husband’s films. The 42-year-old stunner married Monteverde in 2006. The pair have three kids.
Eduardo Verástegui, who produced “Little Boy,” publicly expressed his condolences Monday.
“With a heart full of pain and sadness, I ask for prayers for my friend and ‘compadre’ Alejandro Gomez Monteverde and all his family,” he tweeted.
“My deepest condolences to my soul brother, I love you so much ‘compadre,’ I put my heart in your hands and I join you in this deep pain.”
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