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US citizen murdered in break-in at Vallarta home

August 18, 2013


A US citizen was killed in an apparent robbery at his home in Puerto Vallarta on Saturday.

John Dickmeyer, 65, a real estate agent from California, was found lifeless, gagged and bound in his home at Arboledas 2, in Vallarta’s Bobadilla neighborhood.

Dickmeyer’s maid, Maria Antonia Villaseñor Garcia, 41, was also tied up by at least two men who entered at around 3.40 p.m. under the pretext of inquiring about a property that Dickmeyer was renting. The assailants left Villaseñor tied in the kitchen, while Dickmeyer was left lying on the bedroom floor with his hands and feet bound behind his back and masking tape over his mouth.

Once the intruders had left, Villaseñor managed to free herself and alerted the police immediately after finding her unresponsive employer in the bedroom. The emergency services arrived at 6.15 p.m. and pronounced Dickmeyer dead at the scene. Forensic experts took charge of the body, while Villaseñor was treated by Red Cross paramedics after suffering a nervous breakdown.

The authorities did not disclose the cause of death, but said they discovered a knife and a roll of tape inside the home. They also revealed that the property had been ransacked, suggesting that robbery was the motive for the crime.

Dickmeyer worked in real estate in the United States and Vallarta and owned many of the La Palapa beachfront condos in the Pacific resort, according to

4 Comments leave one →
  1. SarongGoddess permalink
    August 19, 2013 21:22

    We ALL have our “stuff” & I hope we don’t wish ill on others (BAD karma). I discern people on how they treated me & John was always good to my face & my clients & that’s where I’m coming from with him (surely not from what others say based on THEIR experience since that does NOT effect me!! Or worse, people judging someone based on what OTHERS tell them/their slanted [or uneducated story]). I wish John’s Spirit a healing journey to his next adventure. GRYS John!!

    If someone finds out who is TRULY handling his condos/what will happen to them – please have whomever contact me at as John had his client payments going a PO box in San Diego & I just called the gal that takes care of it & there are a few checks there & I don’t want any of the clients to loose their reservations.

    My heart goes out to Maria Antonia Villaseñor Garcia for the suffering she endured & I trust karma will take care of ALL the wounded souls that were part of/caused this situation/pain!

    Any new word??

  2. Jim permalink
    August 20, 2013 06:56

    Probably Cartel, maybe he didnt pay extortion money or something. They ransacked the house to make it look like robbery.

  3. Steve permalink
    September 3, 2013 00:45

    I sent John a deposit for a unit in La Palapa for January. I am so sorry about his death. He was a good man. I hope I still have the reservation…


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