According to officials, the body of an Ecuadorean gang leader has vanished from its final resting place in a cemetery in Colombia.
No one claimed Junior Roldán’s body, therefore his remains were deposited in a wall vault in the municipality of Envigado.
The second-ranking member of the prison gang Los Choneros, which has terrorized Ecuador, was discovered shot to death in the Colombian province of Antioquia in May.
After escaping two prior attempts on his life in his home Ecuador, he left for Colombia.
On May 6, his body was discovered in a wooded area with head wounds.
No one has been detained in connection with his murder, but police believe that his bodyguard killed him in order to steal the substantial amount of cash the gang boss had brought with him when he went into hiding.
He was recognized by his tattoos, and on May 18, he was buried in a wall vault at the central cemetery a short distance south of Medelln.
When personnel inspected the cemetery’s grounds on Tuesday, they discovered one of the vaults to be vacant and an open gate leading into the cemetery.
Later, officials verified that Junior Roldán’s body had been kept in the aforementioned vault.
The body had been stolen from the cemetery overnight, according to police, who told the local media.
If the suspects had specifically targeted the gang leader’s remains or what their possible motivation would have been are yet unknown.
Roldán has a lot of foes.
He had been wounded and hurt by members of a rival gang known as Los Lobos (The Wolves) before leaving Ecuador.
In a prior incident, explosive-loaded drones were flown over the jail wing where he was being held at the time, but he managed to survive.
His group, Los Choneros, specializes in extortion and the trafficking of illegal drugs.
It developed into one of the most powerful prison gangs in Ecuador when many of its members were imprisoned, controlling many elements of daily life within the nation’s prisons and running criminal activities from behind bars.
Numerous prisoners were killed and occasionally beheaded during some of Ecuador’s most horrific prison brawls, which are suspected to have been organized by Los Choneros.
The organization has established connections with Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, which has increased its dominance.