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Port Hope woman solves mystery of missing dad in Mexico

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An arrest has been made in the mysterious disappearance of retired Canadian jeweler Malcom Madsen who vanished in Mexico in 2018.

A Canadian murdered in Mexico or the Caribbean often is denied justice.

Not this time.

Malcom Madsen, 68, of Sutton, Ont. wintered in Chonchos, a beach town near Puerto Vallarta. He vanished without a trace in October 2018.

But his alarmed daughter didn’t get any help from local authorities or the Canadian government in her pursuit of the truth.

It was left to Brooke Mullins, of Port Hope, to unravel the mystery of her dad’s disappearance — and murder. She discovered security footage from the Mexican bar where Madsen was last seen the night before he vanished.

The crucial clip appears to show his girlfriend of six years, Marcela Acosta Ramos, 44, slipping something into the Canadian man’s drink.

On Tuesday, Ramos was arrested and charged in connection to Madsen’s disappearance, CBC News reports.

“It was definitely overwhelming,” Mullins told CBC. “When my lawyer finally called and confirmed that she was, indeed, arrested, you know, there were tears of joy for sure.”

Ramos has been charged with “disappearance committed by individuals.” That charge is used in Mexico when someone is missing and their fate is not known.

Madsen’s girlfriend has previously denied any knowledge of his whereabouts. His family had him declared dead in 2019.

When a Canadian is murdered overseas, local authorities frequently throw up their hands while Canada proclaims not our problem.

“I don’t feel that they’ve done their job at all. I honestly don’t feel Canada or Mexico has been much help in my father’s case,” Mullins told CBC.

So Mullins spent more than $100,000 of her own money to find out the truth. The probe, using private detectives, led her to the last place her dad was seen: Andale’s Restaurant and Bar in Puerto Vallarta.

The owner let the Canadian woman, a lawyer and her dad’s friends examine the footage. It showed Madsen and Ramos sitting at a table.

When Madsen goes to the men’s room, Ramos can be seen taking something out of her purse and appears to drop something in his drink and then stir it.

The couple left the bar in a taxi and Madsen was never seen alive again.

Ramos reported Madsen missing five days later, telling detectives when she woke up he was gone. As for their Toyota van, Ramos claimed they didn’t use it that night.

But Mullins looked at data from the GPS on the van and discovered it had indeed travelled to a number of locations that night — including a remote jungle area and a marina several hours later.

It could take a year for Ramos to go to trial and local cops have issued warrants for her brother and son. They remain on the lam.


An arrest has been made in the mysterious disappearance of retired Canadian jeweler Malcom Madsen who vanished in Mexico in 2018. A Canadian murdered in Mexico or the Caribbean often is denied justice.

Not this time.

Malcom Madsen, 68, of Sutton, Ont. wintered in Chonchos, a beach town near Puerto Vallarta. He vanished without a trace in October 2018.

But his alarmed daughter didn’t get any help from local authorities or the Canadian government in her pursuit of the truth. It was left to Brooke Mullins, of Port Hope, to unravel the mystery of her dad’s disappearance — and murder. She discovered security footage from the Mexican bar where Madsen was last seen the night before he vanished.

The crucial clip appears to show his girlfriend of six years, Marcela Acosta Ramos, 44, slipping something into the Canadian man’s drink.

On Tuesday, Ramos was arrested and charged in connection to Madsen’s disappearance, CBC News reports.

“It was definitely overwhelming,” Mullins told CBC. “When my lawyer finally called and confirmed that she was, indeed, arrested, you know, there were tears of joy for sure.” Ramos has been charged with “disappearance committed by individuals.” That charge is used in Mexico when someone is missing and their fate is not known.

Madsen’s girlfriend has previously denied any knowledge of his whereabouts. His family had him declared dead in 2019.

When a Canadian is murdered overseas, local authorities frequently throw up their hands while Canada proclaims not our problem. “I don’t feel that they’ve done their job at all. I honestly don’t feel Canada or Mexico has been much help in my father’s case,” Mullins told CBC.

So Mullins spent more than $100,000 of her own money to find out the truth. The probe, using private detectives, led her to the last place her dad was seen: Andale’s Restaurant and Bar in Puerto Vallarta.

The owner let the Canadian woman, a lawyer and her dad’s friends examine the footage. It showed Madsen and Ramos sitting at a table.

When Madsen goes to the men’s room, Ramos can be seen taking something out of her purse and appears to drop something in his drink and then stir it.

The couple left the bar in a taxi and Madsen was never seen alive again.

Ramos reported Madsen missing five days later, telling detectives when she woke up he was gone. As for their Toyota van, Ramos claimed they didn’t use it that night.

But Mullins looked at data from the GPS on the van and discovered it had indeed travelled to a number of locations that night — including a remote jungle area and a marina several hours later.

It could take a year for Ramos to go to trial and local cops have issued warrants for her brother and son. They remain on the lam.