Mexico officials find mass grave
Aug 22, 2013 / 11:43 am
Mexican authorities said Thursday that they have found a mass grave east of Mexico City and are testing to determine if it holds some of the 12 people who vanished from a bar in an upscale area of the capital nearly three months ago.
At least seven badly decomposed corpses have been recovered so far from the grave in Tlalmanalco, Mexico City prosecutor Rodolfo Rios told reporters in a press conference. He said the victims can't be identified so far based on clothing, nor can they tell the cause of death.
"We will look at DNA tests that have been taken ... to confirm or discard scientifically if the bodies found are the people who disappeared from the bar," Rios said.
About 10 relatives of the missing marched into the press conference before it began to demand that they be informed first of what was going on. The families have criticized authorities for their lack of leads or explanation of what happened in the three months since their loved ones disappeared.
"We're the ones affected, the rest of you after," said Eugenia Ortiz, aunt of the Jerzy Ortiz, one of the missing.
Rio said there were more bodies and the work would continue in an area near Rancho La Mesa Ecological Park in the state of Mexico. He said the excavation is difficult because of terrain and weather, which has made the ground muddy. He also said two people who live in the area of the mass grave have been detained.
The young bar-goers vanished from the after-hours Heaven club at midday on May 26, just a block from Mexico's leafy Paseo de Reforma, the city's equivalent of the Champs-Elysees.
Prosecutors say the abductions are linked to a dispute between two rival drug gangs, one in Mexico City's dangerous Tepito neighbourhood, home to most of the abducted. The families of the disappeared, however, say they were not involved in drug trafficking.
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