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      Search for Marine missing in Mexico gets boost from Capitol Hill

      The search for a Rio Grande Valley marine who was reportedly kidnapped in Mexico is getting a boost from lawmakers in Washington DC.

      Several congressmen, including two from the Valley, are sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry first thing Monday morning.

      The letter informs Kerry about the disappearance of U.S. Marine Armando Torres and asks the Secretary of State to use diplomatic channels to help find him.

      Torres and two relatives were reportedly taken by armed men last month in a small town just west of Matamoros last month.

      There has been no news about his whereabouts but U.S. Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-Edinburg) is leading efforts to find him.

      Hinojosa's district includes Hargill, where the missing marine lived.

      Cynthia Garza-Reyes, the district director for Congressman Hinojosa, spoke to Action 4 News about the case.

      Garza-Reyes said Hinojosa is joined by Harlingen-based Congressman Filemon Vela and others.

      They hope putting pressure on Secretary of State Kerry will result will put pressure on Mexico to help find Torres.

      Family members told Action 4 News that they are thankful for the support.

      They believe Torres is still alive and hope he'll be able to come back home.