3 arrested in kidnapping, killing 75-year-old

Source: PGJE Tamaulipas

LAREDO, Texas (AP) -- Mexican authorities have arrested three men on charges they kidnapped and killed a South Texas man who was visiting his ranch in Mexico.

State prosecutors from Tamaulipas said in a statement that 75-year-old Pedro Rendon Garza of Laredo was abducted June 12 on the road to his ranch near Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Police arrested the three men June 22 when they tried to collect a ransom.

Rendon Garza's remains were found near his ranch.

A woman who answered the phone Thursday at his home in Laredo declined to comment.

Tamaulipas authorities said 34-year-old Esteban Lugo Cruz of Nuevo Laredo admitted to planning the kidnapping.

He also allegedly said the kidnappers forced Rendon Garza to record a statement to his family to solicit a ransom before killing him.