Crime and Violence

Missionary Couple from Texas Murdered in Nuevo León

02/03/12– On February 1, 2012, the bodies of a missionary couple from Texas were discovered murdered in their Mexican home in the state of Nuevo León. The couple, John Frank and Wanda Casias, were well known in the small rural area of Santiago as they had founded a First Baptist Church in the area. The couple had been living in Mexico since 1979.

The couple’s son had stopped in to pay his parents a visit and found them both laying on the floor with cable wires around their throats. According to Mexican and U.S. authorities, a full investigation is being pursued. Based on superficial analysis, the double homicide appears to be the result of a robbery as various items were found to be missing including a plasma television, a pair of a computer, the security cash box, and the couple’s vehicle. Mexican authorities did indicate that there did not appear to be any signs of forced entry into the house, and it is likely that the assailants were familiar with the Casias family. Neighbors have told authorities that it was common for the couple to be involved in various community programs and therefore it was not unlikely that the attackers may have been in their homes as part of the Casias’s community involvement and outreach. Some U.S. media sources believe, however, that the murder was drug related and, as such, Mexican authorities have promised to investigate all possibilities, including that of organized crime.

The Secretary General (Secretario General de Gobierno) of Mexico, Javier Treviño, and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for Market Access Issues have met to discuss the double homicide, acknowledging the potential damage the double homicide may do to the Nuevo León-U.S. relationship.


“Matrimonio de Misioneros Texanos Fue asesinado en México para Robarles.” Univision. February 1, 2012.

“Los Asesinos de dos Misioneros Estadounidenses en México Conocían a sus Víctimas.” European Press Agency. February 2, 2012.

Chantaka, Aracely. “Ofician Servicio para los Misioneros Asesinados en NL.” February 2, 2012.

Casas, David. “Hallan a Pareja de Misioneros Muerta en su Domicilio.” La Cronica de Hoy. February 3, 2012.

1 thought on “Missionary Couple from Texas Murdered in Nuevo León”

  1. U.S. Media sources are dunces, as are most of those involved with Mexican affairs who work in official American Government capacities. The fact that the door were not kicked in and that the couple was not killed by firearms and that the assailants even knew about the possibility of a safe being found in the house all point to the dispicible act having been done by people known to this couple.
    The kind of police who would be working on this case are not your average dumboes. They are sharp and have considerable forensic resources.
    The perpetratours will turn out to be persons known to the couple….maybe even congregants or friends of family members. The same will be the case for the old couple that was murdered four days ago in Johnson County, Texas….but nobody hears about that one because of the yellow press that shouts very authouritatively about things Mexican, but knows and understands almost nothing about the topic.

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