Mom: Teenager vanished in Cancun

Jan. 31, 2010 at 1:24 AM

CANCUN, Mexico, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A Michigan woman says her teenage daughter vanished while vacationing in the Mexican resort city of Cancun.

D'an Simmons told The Detroit News her daughter, Amy Vargas, disappeared while taking a bathroom break from a pickup baseball game on the beach Thursday. The 16-year-old from Eastpointe, Mich., was staying at the Great Parnassus Resort with her grandmother and great-grandmother.

Vargas, who is half Costa Rican and speaks Spanish well, had long wanted to visit Mexico because of the country's passion for soccer, her mother said.

"I told her you are from two cultures and should know both cultures," Simmons said.

Simmons planned to go to Chicago to try to get an emergency passport so she could fly to Cancun and help search for her daughter.

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