(3 Oct 2010) SHOTLIST
1. Street sign, pan to parked car (allegedly used by kidnapped tourists)
2. Various of cars, allegedly used by the kidnapped tourists
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Fernando Monreal, director of Guerrero state investigative police:
"Yesterday, Friday October 1st, we had a report at the office from the tourist department which made reference to the kidnapping of 20 people from the state of Michoacan. The person who reported this said they had arrived in this city on Thursday, September 30th at 5pm and that they were seen at the Costa Azul roundabout."
4. Cutaway of traffic sign indicating the Costa Azul roundabout
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Fernando Monreal, director of Guerrero state investigative police:
"In that place, two of the 22 people coming from Michoacan left the four vehicles in which they were all travelling and, when they were coming back, in the distance they saw how one of their colleagues was being pushed inside another vehicle. They got scared. They stayed there. They returned to the place later not finding their colleagues nor the vehicles."
6. Various, parked vehicles, allegedly used by kidnapped tourists
Gunmen kidnapped 20 men who were travelling together in Mexico's Pacific coast resort city of Acapulco, authorities said on Saturday.
The group was visiting from the western city of Morelia, in Michoacan state, and looking for a place to stay when they were abducted on Thursday, said Fernando Monreal, director of state investigative police in Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located.
The kidnapping was reported by a man who had been with the group, Monreal said. He went on to say that the man told police he left the others to go to a store and when he returned his companions were gone.
Witnesses said his companions, who ranged in age from 17 to 47, were kidnapped by an armed gang who drove them away in the three cars in which the group had been travelling.
The motive was unknown. Police, who were searching the resort city and the highways leading out of it for the missing men, gave no indication that the apparent kidnap was drugs-related.
The man who notified police described his companions as tourists.
He said they all worked for the same tire-alignment company in Morelia and saved up each year to take vacations together.
Monreal said police have been unable to locate the man since he reported the kidnapping Friday. The man left a cell phone but was not answering it, Monreal said.
Acapulco has been a key battleground for lucrative drug-trafficking routes. Violence in the region increased this year after a split in the Beltran Leyva cartel, whose leadership has been hit hard by President Felipe Calderon's clamp-down on drugs trafficking.
Police, who were scouring the resort city and the highways leading out of it for the missing men, gave no indication that they were tied to drug trafficking.
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