Police believe Officer Díaz was kidnapped

Authorities continue to search for police officer, 24-year-old Jairo Díaz Vergara, who disappeared on Sunday in the El Codito area of Usaquén, in northern Bogotá. More than 100 officers were involved in a thorough sweep of the area, which includes six hectares of woods.

Authorities and relatives believe one of two things could have happened to the young officer, who has been with the Police for four years and just two weeks ago joined the team policing this particular area notorious for criminal gang activity: one is that he may have fallen over a cliff and the other is that he was kidnapped.

For General Luis Eduardo Martínez, the fact that the officer’s bulletproof vest was found in the woods makes it more likely that Díaz was kidnapped and stripped of his vest. A reward of 20 million pesos is being offered for information leading to Diaz’ safe return.

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