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Twenty-year-old police chief Marisol Valles loses her job after media reports surface that she may have abandoned her post after allegedly receiving death threats. She only held the position for a few months.
A 20-year-old female student who became the police chief in one of Mexico's most dangerous drug war towns was fired by the mayor on Monday.
The reason...not showing up for work after Mexican media reported she had received death threats.
Marisol Valles, a criminology student in Mexico's violent city of Ciudad Juarez, took charge of the police force in the neighboring municipality of Praxedis near El Paso, Texas, in October.
Valles, the mother of an infant son, was due back at her post this week after taking leave to attend to personal matters.
But Ciudad Juarez media reported she had fled Mexico after being threatened by drug gangs.
Town hall officials in Praxedis last week denied she had sought asylum in the United States and said they had received no reports of death threats.
In a statement, the Praxedis mayor's office said she had failed to return to work on Monday without giving any notice - grounds for her firing.
Valles amazed many Mexicans with her bravery for taking up the post just days after drug hitmen killed the mayor in a nearby town.
Many police officers in that region have quit or been killed.