Fugitive Mexican mayor, wife arrested in disappearance of 43 students

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Cars remain on the Chilpancingo-Acapulco highway during a roadblock in demand of the appearance of 43 missing students in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico on October 26, 2014. Desperate relatives of 43 missing university students have demanded a meeting with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, after nearly a month of searching that has yielded no trace of their loved ones. AFP PHOTO/ Pedro PARDO (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
A masked student participates in a roadblock highway demanding the appearence of the 43 missing peers in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico on October 26, 2014. Desperate relatives of 43 missing university students have demanded a meeting with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, after nearly a month of searching that has yielded no trace of their loved ones. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
An artist paints a portarit of one of the 43 missing students at the Normal school Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero state, Mexico on October 26, 2014. A month after the disappearance of 43 male college students in southern Mexico, the case that has revealed how deep drug traffickers infiltrate all aspects of life in the country still leaves many questions unanswered. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
An artist paints a portarit of one of the 43 missing students at the Normal school Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero state, Mexico on October 26, 2014. A month after the disappearance of 43 male college students in southern Mexico, the case that has revealed how deep drug traffickers infiltrate all aspects of life in the country still leaves many questions unanswered. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
An artist paints a portarit of one of the 43 missing students at the Normal school Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero state, Mexico on October 26, 2014. A month after the disappearance of 43 male college students in southern Mexico, the case that has revealed how deep drug traffickers infiltrate all aspects of life in the country still leaves many questions unanswered. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
An artist paints a portarit of one of the 43 missing students at the Normal school Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero state, Mexico on October 26, 2014. A month after the disappearance of 43 male college students in southern Mexico, the case that has revealed how deep drug traffickers infiltrate all aspects of life in the country still leaves many questions unanswered. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
An artist paints a portarit of one of the 43 missing students at the Normal school Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero state, Mexico on October 26, 2014. A month after the disappearance of 43 male college students in southern Mexico, the case that has revealed how deep drug traffickers infiltrate all aspects of life in the country still leaves many questions unanswered. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Masked students participate in a roadblock on the Chilpancingo-Acapulco highway demanding the appearence of the 43 missing peers in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico on October 26, 2014. Desperate relatives of 43 missing university students have demanded a meeting with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, after nearly a month of searching that has yielded no trace of their loved ones. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Guerrero's state governor Angel Aguirre speaks during a press conference in Chilpancingo, Guerrero State, Mexico, on October 23, 2014 after leaving his post citing he wants to clear the way for the investigation regarding the disappearance of 43 students almost a month ago. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Mass demonstrations have taken place in Mexico since the night the youths disappeared on September 26 in the town of Iguala, which shares the state of Guerrero with Acapulco -- a case that has sparked national and international outrage. AFP PHOTO/JESUS GUERRERO (Photo credit should read JESUS GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand guard at federal buildings before possible protests announced by the teachers' union in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico, on October 23, 2014. Around 100 teachers occupied the city hall of the Mexican tourist resort of Acapulco to demand authorities find dozens of students who disappeared nearly a month ago. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Mass demonstrations have taken place in Mexico since the night the youths disappeared on September 26 in the town of Iguala, which shares the state of Guerrero with Acapulco -- a case that has sparked national and international outrage. AFP PHOTO/ Pedro PARDO (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand guard at federal buildings before possible protests announced by the teachers' union in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico, on October 23, 2014. Around 100 teachers occupied the city hall of the Mexican tourist resort of Acapulco to demand authorities find dozens of students who disappeared nearly a month ago. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Mass demonstrations have taken place in Mexico since the night the youths disappeared on September 26 in the town of Iguala, which shares the state of Guerrero with Acapulco -- a case that has sparked national and international outrage. AFP PHOTO/ Pedro PARDO (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Hooded students take control of the tollbooths on the Acapulco-Chilpancingo highway, as part of a protest in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico, on October 23, 2014. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Mass demonstrations have taken place in Mexico since the night the youths disappeared on September 26 in the town of Iguala, which shares the state of Guerrero with Acapulco -- a case that has sparked national and international outrage. AFP PHOTO/ Pedro PARDO (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Hooded students take control of the tollbooths on the Acapulco-Chilpancingo highway, as part of a protest in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico, on October 23, 2014. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Mass demonstrations have taken place in Mexico since the night the youths disappeared on September 26 in the town of Iguala, which shares the state of Guerrero with Acapulco -- a case that has sparked national and international outrage. AFP PHOTO/ Pedro PARDO (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Hooded students (reflected on a vehicle's window) take control of the tollbooths on the Acapulco-Chilpancingo highway, as part of a protest in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico, on October 23, 2014. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Mass demonstrations have taken place in Mexico since the night the youths disappeared on September 26 in the town of Iguala, which shares the state of Guerrero with Acapulco -- a case that has sparked national and international outrage. AFP PHOTO/ Pedro PARDO (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Hooded students take control of the tollbooths on the Acapulco-Chilpancingo highway, as part of a protest in Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico, on October 23, 2014. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. Mass demonstrations have taken place in Mexico since the night the youths disappeared on September 26 in the town of Iguala, which shares the state of Guerrero with Acapulco -- a case that has sparked national and international outrage. AFP PHOTO/ Pedro PARDO (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
XALAPA, VERACRUZ, MEXICO - 2014/10/22: Veracruz students took to the streets to demand the return of the 43 missing students (normalistas) in enforced disappearance by municipal police of Iguala, Guerrero. (Photo by Raul Mendez Velazquez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
XALAPA, VERACRUZ, MEXICO - 2014/10/22: Veracruz students took to the streets to demand the return of the 43 missing students (normalistas) in enforced disappearance by municipal police of Iguala, Guerrero. (Photo by Raul Mendez Velazquez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
XALAPA, VERACRUZ, MEXICO - 2014/10/22: Veracruz students took to the streets to demand the return of the 43 missing students (normalistas) in enforced disappearance by municipal police of Iguala, Guerrero. (Photo by Raul Mendez Velazquez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
XALAPA, VERACRUZ, MEXICO - 2014/10/22: Veracruz students took to the streets to demand the return of the 43 missing students (normalistas) in enforced disappearance by municipal police of Iguala, Guerrero. (Photo by Raul Mendez Velazquez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
XALAPA, VERACRUZ, MEXICO - 2014/10/22: Veracruz students took to the streets to demand the return of the 43 missing students (normalistas) in enforced disappearance by municipal police of Iguala, Guerrero. (Photo by Raul Mendez Velazquez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - OCTUBRE 22: A woman holds a candle during a protest for 43 missing students on October 22, 2014, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Students from Guadalajara protest in response to 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa who disappeared on the 26 September in Mexico.The 43 students were last seen near the town of Iguala, Guerrero, being led away by municipal police officers. Allegations of collaboration between local police and organized crime has sparked the country into protest. (Photo by Leonardo Alvarez/LatinContent/Getty Images)
XALAPA, VERACRUZ, MEXICO - 2014/10/22: Veracruz students took to the streets to demand the return of the 43 missing students (normalistas) in enforced disappearance by municipal police of Iguala, Guerrero. (Photo by Raul Mendez Velazquez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
GUADALAJARA, MEXICO - OCTUBRE 22: People protest during a protest for 43 missing students on October 22, 2014, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Students from Guadalajara protest in response to 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa who disappeared on the 26 September in Mexico.The 43 students were last seen near the town of Iguala, Guerrero, being led away by municipal police officers. Allegations of collaboration between local police and organized crime has sparked the country into protest. (Photo by Leonardo Alvarez/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 22: Demonstrators hold banners of missing students during a protest against the disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero on October 22, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 22: A demonstrator hold a banner of missing students during a protest against the disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero on October 22, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Manuel Velasquez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People take part in a march October 22, 2014 in Mexico City demanding justice for the 43 missing students. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
People take part in a march demanding justice for the 43 missing students along a street in Mexico City on October 22, 2014. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
People take part in a march October 22, 2014 in Mexico City demanding justice for the 43 missing students. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
A sign reading 'I am a student and it hurts Ayotzinapa' is displayed during a vigil outside the Mexican embassy in Guatemala City on October 22, 2014 demanding the safe return of 43 students who went missing in southern Mexico this past September. Mexico faces growing international pressure to solve the disappearance of 43 students who vanished after they were attacked by police linked to a drug gang. AFP PHOTO/Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) members participate in a protest on October 22, 2014 in Oventic, Chiapas state, Mexico to demand the appearence of 43 missing students. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/ ELIZABETH RUIZ (Photo credit should read ELIZABETH RUIZ/AFP/Getty Images)
People hold lanterns and banners with pictures of the 43 missing students while participating in a march along a street in Mexico City on October 22, 2014. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican Federal Police members check goods looted earlier today by local residents from the Plaza Tamarindos store --property of the former Mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca-- in Iguala, Guerrero State, on October 22, 2014. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/JESUS GUERRERO (Photo credit should read JESUS GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican Federal Police members stand guard at the Plaza Tamarindos --property of the former Mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca-- after residents looted the store in Iguala, Guerrero State, on October 22, 2014. Mexican authorities ordered the arrest of the mayor of the city of Iguala, his wife and an aide, charging them with masterminding last month's attack that left six students dead and 43 missing. AFP PHOTO/JESUS GUERRERO (Photo credit should read JESUS GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam gestures during a press conference at the Attorney General building in Mexico City on October 22, 2014. Iguala's mayor Jose Luis Abarca was accused on Wednesday of ordering attack on missing students. Mexican authorities have searched in vain for any trace of the college students who disappeared on September 26 in this town of some 140,000 inhabitants. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam arrives for a press conference at the Attorney General building in Mexico City on October 22, 2014. Iguala's mayor Jose Luis Abarca was accused on Wednesday of ordering attack on missing students. Mexican authorities have searched in vain for any trace of the college students who disappeared on September 26 in this town of some 140,000 inhabitants. AFP PHOTO/ Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
The Mayor of Teloloapan Ignacio Valladares is pictured during an interview at the Municipal Palace, in Teloloapan, Guerrero State, Mexico, on October 19, 2014. The Federal police took the control of 13 municipalities of Guerrero State. Mexico faced growing international pressure to solve the disappearance of 43 students who vanished after they were attacked by police linked to a drug gang. AFP PHOTO//RONALDO SCHEMIDT (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican nationals shout slogans calling for the safe return of 43 students missing in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, outside the Mexican embassy in Buenos Aires on October 22, 2014. Mexican residents in Argentina and other groups of organizations that defend human rights gathered to demand the resignation of those considered responsible for the crime: the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Abarca Velazquez, the governor of Guerrero, Angel Aguirre Rivero and the President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA (Photo credit should read DANIEL GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
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By RYAN GORMAN

A Mexican mayor and his wife have been arrested for their believed involvement in the disappearance of dozens of school children in Mexico.

Iguala, Mexico, Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda were on the run since September until being arrested Tuesday in Mexico City, authorities said.

Abarca and his wife were wanted in connection with the abduction of 43 college students. Their arrest was announced early Tuesday morning on Twitter by Mexican Federal Police.
The pair was found hiding in a rented home in Mexico City and was taken into custody without incident, sources told Mexican newspaper El Universal.

The 43 students, mostly in their 20s, vanished after boarding a bus to Iguala for a protest, according to reports.

Officials have previously stated they believe Abarca ordered police to confront the group after learning of its plans to disrupt one of his events.

An arrest warrant was issued last month for Abarca and his wife.

They have not been seen or heard from since.

Investigators learned through interrogation of other local officials and even gang members that the missing students were given to a local gang after as many as six of them were shot dead by officers, according to El Universal.

More than 60 suspects have so far been arrested.

Citizens have since taken to the streets with regular protests over the students' disappearance and authorities' inability to find them.

The governor of Guerrero state, where Iguala is located, has since resigned.

The missing persons were studying to become schoolteachers.

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