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      Canadian tourist goes missing south of the border

      Friends and a family of a missing Canadian tourist have turned to social media after he went missing south of the border in Nuevo Laredo.

      Laval, Quebec resident Marc Menard started his three-month vacation in Mexico back in December.

      The 44-year-old man traveled with his dog along the Pacific Coast and even made it to Guatemala in his mini-van.

      Menard stopped in the City of San Luis Potosi to get veterinary care for his dog Maya.

      The Quebec man was headed back to Canada and had decided to cross the border in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas on March 14th.

      Family members tell Action 4 News that Menard was supposed to be back at work but never made it across the border.

      Menard TMs family and friends have not heard from him since and now fear the worst.

      They have launched a Facebook page with information in English, Spanish and French where they are asking for the public TMs help.

      Tamaulipas State Police officials in Nuevo Laredo could not confirm over the telephone whether or not an official missing person report has been filed or not.

      But state police said the procedure is for family members to file a report and then investigators can start searching prisons, hospitals and other locations.

      If a DNA sample is provided, police can also try to match it to bodies in the morgue. Officials with the Canadian Embassy in Mexico City could not immediately be reached for comment.

      A travel warning on the Canadian Embassy TMs website states beach resort areas are safe but asks Canadian nationals to avoid driving through Tamaulipas and other states in northern Mexico where the drug war is being fought on a daily basis.