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Perry March

South of the Border

The Levines took their case to a Chicago court where they sued to have visitation rights with their grandchildren. They eventually won their case, earning regular visits every other weekend. In the spring of 1999 March was ordered to appear in court to arrange a visitation schedule, but he didn't show up. He had moved with the children to Mexico.

Map of Mexico with Ajijic Locator
Map of Mexico with Ajijic Locator

March had decided to start a new life in the town of Ajijic, 30 miles from Guadalajara, where his father, Arthur March, a retired Army colonel, had settled. Perry March started a new business, offering financial and real-estate advice, and also opened a restaurant in Ajijic. As reported on 48 Hours Investigates, March and his children moved in with a woman he had meet on his first visit to Mexico, Carmen Rojas Solorio, and her three children. A year later the couple married. Two months before their marriage, a Tennessee court had declared Janet March legally dead.

When asked about her new husband, Solorio said on 48 Hours Investigates, "He's a great husband. He's sweet. He's perfect for me."

Now convinced that their former son-in-law was responsible for the death of their daughter, the Levines dedicated themselves to bringing March to justice. They filed a civil action against him to protect what they considered Janet's assets, valued at more than $200,000. The court froze March's American bank accounts, preventing him from accessing funds in the United States. The Levines also filed a wrongful death suit against him. But their primary concern was their grandchildren. The Levines believed that Perry March was an unfit parent, and they wanted full custody.

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