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Human remains found in Mexico identified as missing Los Angeles firefighter

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Posted at 4:54 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 19:54:02-05

(KGTV) — Mexican authorities say they have located the remains of a Los Angeles firefighter who disappeared near his Rosarito home more than two months ago.

Frank Aguilar, a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department, was last seen after heading to his second home in Baja, California, San Diego family members told ABC 10News in September.

Mexican authorities reported that human remains were recently discovered, identified as Aquilar.

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"Our Department was notified this afternoon that authorities in Mexico determined that human remains recently found there are those of LAFD Firefighter/Paramedic Francisco Aguilar. This is a tragic outcome to a case we were hoping would end differently. On behalf of the men and women of the LAFD, we send our deepest condolences to Firefighter Aguilar's family and we stand ready to assist them in the days to come," a statement from LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas read.

Last month, two people identified only as Santos "N" and Fanny "N" arrested in connection with Aquilar's disappearance. Aquilar's family told ABC 10News that they believed the female suspect may have been dating the firefighter.

Officials have only said that it may have been a violent kidnapping setup. The suspects were found in possession of Aguilar’s bank cards which had been used across Baja. There were also reports that Aquilar's condo had been ransacked, his vehicles were missing, and the scene had been captured on Ring video.