Mexico Missing Americans

Motorists pay a bridge toll at Gateway International Bridge on Monday in Brownsville, Texas, to cross into Matamoros, Mexico. Gunmen kidnapped four U.S. citizens who crossed into Mexico from Texas last week. Two of them were killed.

LAKE CITY, S.C. — It was supposed to be a fun road trip to Mexico, a post-pandemic adventure for a group of childhood friends.

One was treating herself to cosmetic surgery after having six children. It was a 34th birthday celebration for another.

They rented a white van in South Carolina and set out on the nearly 22-hour trip, shooting silly videos and driving straight through to Brownsville, on the tip of Texas.