First Photo of Marine Jailed in Mexico

by Bryan Llenas, FOX News Latino  |  published on December 18, 2012

US Marine Mexico

Held captive in one of Mexico’s most infamous prisons, Marine Veteran Jon Hammar is seen chained to a bed in a new photo sent to the family from an anonymous Mexican email account.

“His eyes look a little lost,” an emotional Olivia Hammar, his mother, told Fox News Latino. “It doesn’t look like him. I feel like my blood pressure is through the roof.”

The photo shows Hammar in solitary confinement inside the Matamoros state prison, nicknamed CEDES. A scraggly looking Hammar is seen shirtless and barefoot with a beard, jean shorts and with his feet over what appears to be grey crocs. He is sitting on an old twin-sized mattress in a room with chipped walls. A gallon of water and a refrigerator are seen to his right. Hammar is staring at the person taking the photo and does not appear to have any visible injuries.

It is the first photo released of Hammar since he and a friend were detained by Mexican authorities in August. The pair had crossed the border and handed the paperwork for the weapon to Mexican officials, but police ended up impounding their RV and jailing the men, saying it was illegal to carry that type of gun. Hammar’s friend was later released because the gun did not belong to him.
According to Hammar and his family, the gun was an antique shotgun that had belonged to his great grandfather.

The email of the photo was sent anonymously from a Yahoo.mx account.

“I found your email on the Internet and I wanted to send you this photo,” the email read in Spanish. “I am not giving you my name because I like my job and I don’t want to lose it. Juan is OK but I hope he is let out quickly.”

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