An American mum-of-two was found dead with all her teeth missing after she was believed to have been tortured.
Lizbeth Flores, 23, was reported missing after she travelled from Brownsville in Texas to visit her boyfriend in the Mexican border city of Matamoros on August 9.
But her mum, María Rubio, filed a missing person’s report on August 10 after losing contact with her daughter, MailOnline reported.
Flores’ body was found on August 11, and she had reportedly died from head injuries suffered after she was beaten with a rock that was found at the scene.
Law enforcement investigators said a part of Flores’ scalp had been removed and that her teeth were taken out by force.
María Rubio said on Friday during an interview with Telemundo: ‘Losing a child is like having your heart ripped out.
‘I feel very sad for what they did to my daughter. How they left her is what pains me. The pain that my daughter went through there at that time is what pains me.’
Rubio is seeking help from United States and Mexico officials to repatriate her daughter’s remains to Texas.
No arrests had been announced, as of Monday, by police in Matamoros. The FBI is allegedly involved in the investigation because Flores is a US citizen, KRGV-TV reports.