Body found in Mazatlán believed to be missing American

O'Neil Patrick McGean. (PHOTO:
MAZATLÁN, Sinaloa — O’Neil Patrick McGean had been missing in Mazatlán since October 25, but a body found Thursday Nov. 3 is believed to be that of the American businessman who made his home in this Mexican Pacific resort city.
Although authorities have not confirmed the identity of the body found at a home in the city’s Azteca neighborhood, various media reports, quoting official sources, say it was that of the 10-year resident of Mazatlán.

McGean, 52, left his home at about 8:00pm October 25 to meet someone at the Hotel Punta Pacífico but has not been seen since.

O'Neil Patrick McGean. (PHOTO:
O’Neil Patrick McGean. (PHOTO:

His car was found by friends on Saturday Oct. 29 in the city’s tourist district.

Unnamed sources said that three people were arrested in the home where the body was found, and speculated that they were responsible for kidnapping and killing McGean. There has been no report that a ransom was demanded, although his bank cards had been used at various banks in the city.

Borderland Beat reported that McGean, a businessman who owned Café Playa Sur, spearheaded a successful fundraising drive to replace several thousands of dollars’ worth of materials that were destroyed when a school was vandalized.