The Ohio architect who went missing on Christmas Day was found dead with his fiancée and her relatives

Colleagues paid tribute to an Ohio architect who was found dead with his fiancée and her two relatives in Mexico after going missing on Christmas Day.

Mexican authorities found four “charred” bodies in a bullet-holed SUV near El Cuidado, Zacatecas, Thursday last week, according to local reports.

Officials confirmed that one of the bodies belonged to architect José Gutiérrez, 36, of Hamilton, Ohio. Investigators had to wait for DNA confirmation before identifying the remains after the body was found in a state of “skeletal reduction.”

Officials previously identified three of the bodies as Gutiérrez’s fiancee Daniela Márquez, 31, her sister Viviana Márquez, 26, and the woman’s cousin Irma Vargas, 27.

Ohio architect José Gutiérrez, 36, and his fiancée Daniela Márquez, 31, were pronounced dead on Christmas Day after going missing

Ohio architect José Gutiérrez, 36, and his fiancée Daniela Márquez, 31, were pronounced dead on Christmas Day after going missing

José Gutierrez (pictured) was in Mexico to visit his fiancee Daniela Márquez during the holiday season

José Gutierrez (pictured) was in Mexico to visit his fiancee Daniela Márquez during the holiday season

Champlin Architecture said they would create a grant honoring Gutierrez

Champlin Architecture said they would create a grant honoring Gutierrez

Why the Mexican state of Zacatecas is on the do not travel list

The US State Department has warned residents not to travel to Zacatecas for crime and kidnapping.

“Violent crime, extortion and gang activity are rampant in Zacatecas State. US citizens and LPRs have been victims of kidnappings,” the council said.

Across Mexico, at least 666 kidnappings were reported from January to November 2022, compared to 625 in 2021.

In 2020, 1,047 kidnappings were registered, in 2019 there were 1,629.

José’s Cincinnati employer, Champlin Architecture, confirmed his death in a post on their Facebook page.

“It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you of the passing of our colleague and friend José Gutierrez, who tragically passed away while visiting his fiancee Daniela Pichardo while on vacation in Mexico.

“His work has improved the lives of those in the community he has chosen as his home,” they added.

Champlin Architecture of Ohio also said they would create a grant in his honor.

“We will all miss him more than words can express. Champlin Architecture will create a fellowship at Miami University in his name to recognize his impact on our company and community. We will share details as soon as this is determined.’

José Gutierrez was in Mexico over the holidays to visit his fiancee Daniela Marquez. The two wanted to get married this year and José often flew down to see Daniela.

On Christmas Day, the couple and Daniela’s sister and cousin visited a local bar in Jerez de García, Zacatecas, central Mexico.

Daniela’s mother, Rosa Pichardo, told TV Azteca that she spoke to her around 10pm that evening before the group was due to return to their home in Colotlán.

The concerned mum then received a notification on her phone about an hour and a half later when Daniela shared her location with Rosa’s phone. The warning said they were in Vivoras, a neighborhood in the town of Tepetongo in Zacatecas.

On Christmas Day, the four visited a local bar in Jerez de García, Zacatecas, central Mexico

On Christmas Day, the four visited a local bar in Jerez de García, Zacatecas, central Mexico

Viviana Márquez, 26, is among four people reportedly kidnapped in Mexico and pronounced dead last Thursday

Viviana Márquez, 26, is among four people reportedly kidnapped in Mexico and pronounced dead last Thursday

Irma Vargas was reportedly kidnapped along with her two cousins ​​and her cousin's fiancé

Irma Vargas was reportedly kidnapped along with her two cousins ​​and her cousin’s fiancé

Having not heard from them after Christmas, the family feared they had been kidnapped.

Daniela’s mother, Rosa Pichardo, told TV Azteca that patrons at a local bar were screaming. “There were people who saw that they kidnapped her,” she said. “There was a lot of panic, screams, but they didn’t get her out and they took the vehicle.”

“They took the girls, my daughter’s fiancee, Daniela. They left, they went to Vivoras.’

The family filed a complaint with the Hamilton Police Department, the Ohio city where Jose lived. They also said they asked the FBI for help.

Mexican officials later confirmed they were looking for the group.

The car the engaged couple was using was then found last Thursday in Vivoras, which borders the state of Jalisco. It was riddled with bullet holes.

At least 666 kidnappings were reported in Mexico from January to November 2022, compared to 625 in 2021.

1,047 kidnappings were registered in 2020, compared to 1,629 in 2019.

The US State Department warned residents not to travel to Zacatecas because of local crime and kidnapping.

José Gutierrez and his fiancée Daniela Márquez were planning to get married this year

José Gutierrez and his fiancée Daniela Márquez were planning to get married this year

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Emma Colton

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