The case dates back to 2012, when the young Zarlet Clavijo (who was 17 at the time) was on his way home in La Paz, Bolivia. Clavijo was last seen with several security cameras in which she is seen accompanied by another man.
Given the few advances in his search, the case was closed until in 2019 the audio of an alleged intermediary who claimed to be in Cúcuta, Norte de Santanderadvancing procedures for the liberation of the Bolivian
With this information, Zarlet’s mother, the lawyer Marcela Martinez tried to seek his release however no deal was reached for her daughter to be released. With this information, the Bolivian prosecutor’s office decided to reopen the case before indications that the Bolivian would be in the hands of the ELN.
Marcela Martínez explained that, with the reopening of the investigation, also an international search warrant and cooperation order will be issued. “With these two orders I am authorized so that as soon as the new Colombian governmentwe can make a conciliation and finally Zarlet is released”.
With the decision to reopen the investigation, the expectation grows again for this case of disappearance that is one of the most recognized in Bolivia and that it could also account for the links between the ELN and human trafficking networks.