Some 45 bags containing human remains were discovered in a ravine in the western Mexican state of Jalisco during the search for eight young people missing for about ten days, local authorities said Wednesday.
Forty-five bags containing human remains matching men and women were extracted," the state attorney's office, which was continuing to gather evidence Thursday, said in a statement. The discovery was made Tuesday at the bottom of a 40-meter ravine located in the municipality of Zapopan, in the suburbs of Guadalajara, capital of the state of Jalisco.
The authorities had launched an operation to find two women and six men, aged in their thirties and missing since May 20. Reports of the search for the missing were filed separately and on different days, but authorities found that all were working in a call centre. The place where these young people worked is in the same area where the remains were found.
According to the first elements of the investigation, the call center would be involved in illegal activities. A hypothesis, however, rejected by the relatives of the disappeared, who accused the authorities of criminalizing the victims.
In recent years, human remains have been found in bags or in clandestine graves in different areas of the state of Jalisco. In 2021, some 70 bags containing the remains belonging to eleven people were discovered in Tonala, near Guadalajara.
Mexico has recorded more than 340,000 murders and some 100,000 disappearances, mostly attributed to criminal organizations, since the launch in December 2006 of a large, controversial military operation to combat drug trafficking.