Judge Rules Missing Man In Border Case Is Deceased
Last November, Alicia Jimenez found herself in the unique position of trying to convince a Superior Court judge in Bisbee that her husband hadn’t just disappeared in Mexico, but that he had died there. Last Thursday, the judge agreed with her, bringing to a close one story involving a typical style of crime in Mexico: missing victims whose fate normally leaves families hovering in limbo.
She explained last year what that ordeal had been like: "Every single door I knocked, every place I looked: 'What are you going to do?' He’s missing. We don’t know. 'You need a body, you need a death certificate.'"
Her attorney Tom Asimou argued the case.
"I’m very happy that the judge saw things our way. I think that there was ample evidence as did he," Asimou said.
As part of the order, the judge ruled the Arizona Department of Health Services must issue a death certificate dated last October.