Mass graves help solve mystery of Mexico’s missing
MEXICO CITY - When police found 51 bodies dumped in a field in northern Mexico last month, the gruesome discovery highlighted a quandary faced by experts trying to make sense of the country’s crime: How do you track murder rates when many people just disappear, their remains turning up months or years later?
The July 23 discovery in a field near Monterrey followed another macabre find on May 29: 55 bodies dumped into a 500-foot-deep abandoned mine near the central Mexican town of Taxco.
In both cases, some of the remains were years old, federal investigators said. Only nine of the Taxco bodies have been identified.
“If the government released the numbers of missing people, you’d see the true murder rate is even higher,” said Fernando Ocegueda, head of the Citizens’ Association Against Impunity, a group in Tijuana that represents families with missing relatives.
“Citizens’ Association Against Impunity”, what a great name. I wonder what they call it in Spanish.