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|Search groups find nearly 100 bodies inside 8 clandestine graves in the Arandas hill, located near El Conejo Dam, in Irapuato, Guanajuato (Photo credit: @Busqueda_MX)|
After 72 hours of searching for missing persons in the municipality of Irapuato, Guanajuato, this weekend 8 clandestine graves with about 100 bodies were found. On September 24, the National Commission for the Search of Persons (CNB) reported on social media that they were traveling through Guanajuato territory accompanied by relatives of disappeared people. A non-profit organization also joined in the search.
In the last 11 years, at least 109 clandestine graves with 268 bodies have been located in Guanajuato, according to an investigation by the Data Cívica organization and the Universidad Iberoamericana, which was presented on August 25 by videoconference. However, they accused that the Guanajuato Prosecutor’s Office does not recognize the existence of any mass graves.
This would be the first time that the existence of clandestine graves in Irapuato was officially recognized by government officials.
Irapuato is one of the municipalities that has been hit the hardest by violence and crime, where reports of missing persons between 2019 and 2020 exceed one hundred, according to reports made by relatives themselves on a page dedicated to finding missing people.
|Family members join the search group to find their missing relatives (Photo credit: @Busqueda_MX)|
Now, with the discovery of close to 100 bodies in clandestine graves, Guanajuato state official Héctor Díaz Esquer said that in the official government files, these findings should be listed as “clandestine burials” (inhumaciones clandestinas) and not as “clandestine graves” (fosas clandestinas), given that the Guanajuato government does not recognize the terminology for the latter.
The investigation and search work continues on the site in question. The work is arduous because each of the bone remains found will have to be taken for processing to the laboratories of the State Attorney General’s Office in order to carry out a classification to determine what bone fragment corresponds to what body.
Investigators will then carry out DNA tests to identify the relatives of the missing people.