AUSTIN, Texas -- The parents of a pre-med student who disappeared in Matamoros, Mexico, two weeks ago met with state officials Wednesday in a desperate bid for help in the search for their son.
Mark Kilroy, 21, a University of Texas junior from Santa Fe, disappeared in the border town two weeks ago while on spring break. He and three friends had been bar-hopping, and Kilroy disappeared as they walked toward the international bridge leading to Brownsville.
A companion said he noticed a man motioning to Kilroy, and that was the last anyone has seen of the student.
'Right now we're just asking for everyone's help,' said Kilroy's mother, Helen Kilroy. 'It's kind of hard for us to know exactly what we need to do, but we know we need more help for us to find Mark.'
The Kilroys, with the help of state Rep. Lloyd Criss Jr., D-Galveston, met with representatives from Gov. Bill Clements' office and Attorney General Jim Mattox's office and aides to Sen. Lloyd Bentsen.
The Kilroys then went to the University of Texas to withdraw their son from school.
'We're trying to find out what things we can do, cause we don't really know,' said Kilroy's father, Jim. 'We're holding up well but it's a matter of what can you do. How much can you do? And you start to run out of things you can do to try to find Mark.'
Mattox already has an assistant from south Texas working on the case, and he reported to Mattox Wednesday that Anibal Perez Vargas, Mattox's counterpart in the state of Tamualipas, has now assigned two of his agents full time to investigate.
A spokesman for Clements said the governor's office planned to talk with the governor of Tamualipas in Mexico.
The Kilroys have spent most of the past two weeks in Brownsville and Matamoros hanging posters offering a $15,000 reward and working with local, state and federal authorities on both sides of the border.
Their case was highlighted nationally on the television show 'America's Most Wanted' Sunday night. But despite thousands of phone calls generated by the report, the Kilroys say they still have no solid clues.
'We're going to go back to Brownsville and try to get the Matamoros people more involved,' said Jim Kilroy. 'They're working on that today. The mayor of Brownsville was supposed to be conferring with the mayor of Matamoros as far as getting more involved in looking for Mark.