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Australian expatriate and her husband missing in Yucatán for almost a week

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The missing Australian woman and her Mexican husband are both being sought by authorities. Photo: Courtesy

Authorities are searching for a 32-year-old Australian woman who resides in Mérida.

The search kicked off when the woman’s 2-year-old daughter was found by herself in Cancún. 

Also missing is the woman’s husband, Jorge Luis Aguirre Estudillo, who is a Mexican citizen. 

The woman, Tanhee Louise Shanks, was last spotted at El Cuyo on April 30, in the far eastern end of Yucatán state. 

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As a result of the disappearances, state authorities have activated a state-wide “Alba Alert.”

Authorities are requesting the help of the public in locating Shanks and her husband.

Shanks is a redhead with wavy hair, a large tattoo on her right leg, and stands 5-feet-4-inches tall. 

Authorities are requesting people with any information about Shanks or Estudillo to file a report at 800-002-6237, extension 41164.

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