FAIRFAX (AP) – A Marin County native who went missing in Mexico has been found dead, the victim of an apparent homicide.

A friend of 46-year-old Lane Gilbert’s family told the San Francisco Chronicle Gilbert’s body was found on Friday in a home he owned in a village south of Oaxaca.

The friend, Jenny Jedeikin, says Mexican authorities told Gilbert’s mother, Jerie, that they believe Gilbert was killed with a machete.

A suspect has been arrested although police have not identified a motive.

Gilbert, a real estate developer, had been living in Mexico since 1992. He was last seen leaving his home in San Andres Huayapam, a city north of Oaxaca, on Aug. 27.

He was a graduate of Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo. His mother lives in Fairfax. 

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Comments (3)
  1. redrazor says:

    We simply must outlaw machetes (macheties?) All you Mexico lovers might think a bit differently about moving down there, or vacationing there too. What a toilet!

  2. tn says:

    Quite a deadly toilet at that. Give up the jet-skis too.

  3. Steve in Las Vegas,NV says:

    Mexico has fallen off my list of vacation places…
    And yes, Mexico is now just a toxic overflowing toilet. The sewage is now flooding the US.

    My condolences to his family on such a terrible loss.

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