Texas Man Missing In Mexico

Family and friends hopeful for his safe return

MCALLEN, TX (April, 2012) – Carl Jonathan Wiegand, 35, has been missing in Mexico for over a month and his family and friends are desperate to find him safe.

On March 10, 2012, Carl was returning to the United States from a family visit north of Monterrey, Mexico. He called friends in McAllen from the Mexican side of Lake Falcon Dam International Crossing around 9:30PM to check in and tell them that he was surprised the crossing was closed. “All the lights are out,” he said.

He said he planned to drive Southeast on Mexico Highway 2 toward Reynosa and find another way across the border. He did not know if other crossings would be open, his friends in McAllen said. If the crossings were all closed, he told them he might get a hotel on the Mexican side for the night and cross in the morning.

That was the last anyone heard from Carl. He was driving a 1998 maroon Chevrolet Blazer with Texas plates CC8-G299, VIN #1GNCS13W2WK102353. He is 5′ 9” tall, 165 pounds with dark brown hair and brown eyes. Carl is a United States citizen. He does not speak Spanish well.

“We don’t know what the circumstances were when he disappeared,” said sister Gretchen Wiegand Mayo. Relatives and friends have called hospitals and clinics on both side of the border and they are grateful for any help others provide to locate Carl.

Mayo described her brother as a compassionate man. “He’s the kind of person who’d give the shirt off of his back to help anyone,” Gretchen said.

Family members and friends have contacted authorities in both Mexico and the United States, and you can help too. There are multiple ways you can contact Carl’s family or send in any tips or information that may help the family find him:

The phone number, email and web site are confidential and maintained by Carl’s family members.

“We just want to get Carl back,” said Gretchen. “If anyone has any information that could lead to his return, they should please contact us or the authorities right away,” she said.
Carl’s family and friends are deeply grateful to everyone for their prayers, support and continuing efforts to find him. “We maintain hope for his safe return,” Gretchen added.















Gretchen Wiegand Mayo


Zapata Times

As published in the Zapata Times on April 7, 2012:

Family has website for lost man

by Cesar G. Rodriguez

It’s been almost a month since Carl Jonathan Wiegand, a Lockhart man, last called friends in McAllen from Mexico near the Falcon Dam International Border Crossing.

He told them he would find a border crossing in Reynosa. But Carl never made it.

His family filed a missing person report with Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. While authorities investigate, the family launched a website this week.

“The website established for Carl, www.helpfindcarl.com, has his bulletin to download in Spanish or English and some additional information,” Carl’s sister, Gretchen Wiegand said, adding family constantly monitors the website.

Carl, 35, is a white adult male. He stands 5 feet, 9 inches and weights 165 lbs. He has brown eyes and brown hair. Relatives say he does not speak Spanish well.

Gretchen said her brother went to visit family in Monterrey, Mexico. He did not know the Lake Falcon Dam International Border Crossing closed at 9 p.m., so called friends in McAllen and told them he planned to cross the border through the Reynosa-McAllen area.

Relatives say Carl wanted to find an open international crossing or keep on driving to find a place to spend the night. It is believed Carl drove south-east on Mexico Route 2, the Nuevo Laredo-Reynosa highway, in a 1998 Maroon Chevy Blazer bearing Texas plates CC8-G299.

“We don’t know what the circumstances (were) in which he was gone missing,” Gretchen said. But the family clings to their faith and also feels the outpour of support from the community.

“We still maintain hope for his safe return,” she added.

She described her brother as a compassionate man.

“He’s the kind of person who’d give the shirt off of his back,” Gretchen said. “He’s very kind-hearted and likes to help out others.”

Zapata Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez said he heard about the incident when a news outlet contacted him about it. Sheriff’s officials here opened a line of communication with their Caldwell County counterparts. Gonzalez said he has heard that people go in and out of Mexico and nothing happens to them.

He’s heard people saying things are getting back to normal in Mexico. Regardless of the information received, the sheriff still maintains his position that boaters should stay away from the Mexican waters of Falcon Lake.

Anyone with information on Wiegand’s whereabouts can call 512-230-1377, or the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office at 765-9960, or email tips@helpfindcarl.com. A reward is being offered.

(Cesar G. Rodriguez may be reached at 728-2568 or cesar@imtonline.com.)

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