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December 22, 2010
UPDATE: In 1,997, investigators learned that Addis had been living in Guadalajara, Mexico and had taken up with a 26-year-old woman named Laura Liliana Padilla. Laura's family told detectives that she had fallen in love with the handsome American and ran off with him.
For the past nine years, her family and authorities in the United States had feared that she might one day meet the same horrible fate as Joanne Albanese. Sadly, on October 18th, 2,006, those fears came true. Laura, along with her two children, who are believed to have been fathered by Addis, were found murdered in their home in Chiapas, Mexico. The children were ages four and seven. Mexican authorities found fake identification cards and documents belonging to John Addis in the home. The family had apparently been living there for some time.
The family had been dead for several days when the bodies were discovered. The FBI has learned that John Addis, using the alias J. Charles Peterson had most recently passed himself off as a Canadian patriate while living in Chiapas. Addis had been making a living there teaching English and tennis. Addis is believed to have checked into a hotel in Guatemala City, Guatemala on October 14th. That city is south of the Mexican-Guatemalan border, a couple of hours drive from Chiapas, Mexico.
Addis's body was found in the hotel room on the 16th. His death is a suspected suicide pending further post-mortem reports and is being investigated by police in Guatemala City. The murder of Addis's family in Chiapas is being investigated by Mexican authorities. John Addis is believed to the prime suspect in the murder of Laura and the two children. Officials from the U.S. State Department are assisting the Mexican and Guatemalan authorities. Addis's true identity in death was proven through a post-mortem fingerprint comparison.