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Missing Mexico activist found alive

Aleph Jimenez Dominguez, an activist with Mexico’s student movement who had been reported missing last week, was found alive in a neighboring state.

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People display images of dead or missing loved ones at Border Field State Park, which separates the cities of San Diego and Tijuana, on August 12, 2012 in San Diego, California, at the launch of the "Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity.” (AFP/Getty Images)

Aleph Jimenez Dominguez, an activist with Mexico's student movement who had been reported missing last week, was found alive in a neighboring state.

Dominguez, a 32-year-old science teacher, was the local spokesman for a movement called "I Am 132" in Ensenada, in Baja California state, before he went missing September 20, reported the Associated Press. The student movement began before the July 1 presidential elections with the intention of opposing alleged campaign violations and the return of the Institutional Revolutionary Party. Members of the movement had feared Dominguez was abducted in retaliation for his political activism.

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The AP also noted that state prosecutor Rommel Moreno said "the investigation remains open. We are going to wait until the young man makes a statement to get more details."

According to the Los Angeles Times, it was not clear exactly who or what the activist feared. Jimenez's father, Julio Jimenez Aponte, said at a news conference in Mexicali on Tuesday that he had heard through a third-party that his son was safe and in good health but "had made the decision to hide because he felt that his physical well-being was in jeopardy."

The AP also reported that the state is offering protection and counseling to Dominguez and his family. Late Tuesday, the governmental National Human Rights Commission said the activist had arrived in Mexico City to file a complaint alleging his rights had been violated.

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