The authorities mexican confirmed this Tuesday that the remains found last week in bags in a clandestine grave correspond to at least eight workers of a call center of the state of Jalisco (west) reported missing.
“The expert evidence (…) confirm that they correspond to the young people who worked in a (telephone) operations center in zapopan and that they had a disappearance report“said the government of Jalisco in a statement, based on a report from forensic authorities.
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Simultaneously with this announcement, the Jalisco prosecutor’s office reported the discovery of another 27 bodies in a tomb that had been discovered on May 25 in the town of Tlajomulco de Zunigasuburb of Guadalajara. Eight of those bodies have already been identified, although the agency did not provide details.
The remains of the employees of the call center They were located last Wednesday among fifty bags that forensics and lifeguards recovered from a cliff in the municipality of Zapopan, another suburb of the city of Guadalajara, capital of Jalisco.
There was no immediate word on how the workers died.
According to the federal government, the telephone center would be involved in real estate fraud and some type of telephone extortion, according to the first investigations.
The victims had been seen for the last time between May 20 and 22, according to complaints from their relatives.
Jalisco is the state in Mexico with the highest number of disappeared persons, more than 15,000 from 1962 to date, out of a total of 110,771 cases throughout the country.
According to security experts, the phenomenon of disappearances is mainly related to wars between cartels.
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Relatives of the eight young people had denounced the slowness of the authorities in locating their loved ones and questioning those responsible for the call center.
“For them there is no company, for them there is no owner, for them there is a house where there was a call center, period”, he had pointed out in days past Arthur Roblesfather of one of the victims of the same name.
The other youths were identified as charles benjamin, jesus alfredo, Mayra Karina, Jorge MiguelBrothers Itzel Abigail and charles david and Juan Antonioaccording to the prosecution, which by law reserves the surnames.
Authorities estimate that many of the disappeared throughout Mexico are buried in secret graves, the trail of which is followed by relatives grouped in dozens of “search collectives”.
Findings of remains are daily. On Monday, one of those organizations reported that it had found six bodies in the town of Salamancastate Guanajuato (center), one of the most violent in the country.
Also, this Tuesday the Colima Prosecutor’s Office (west) reported that it had found “92 human and skeletal remains”, without specifying how many people they correspond to.
In Jalisco alone, from December 2018 to April 2023, 136 clandestine graves with 1,573 bodies have been located.
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The disappearances “were given as a result of the decision of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in 2015 to expand its borders. invade MichoacanJalisco, are launched towards Zacatecas and other areas of the country”, sparking bloody fights, he told AFP David Saucedosecurity specialist.
The CJNG, led by Nemesio Oseguera “El Mencho”, for whom the United States offers 10 million dollars, continues to expand trying to monopolize drug dealing and control more routes to the United States”, a strategy that includes the forced recruitment of young people and the extermination of local gangs.
Since 2006, when Mexico launched an anti-drug offensive with military participation, more than 350,000 homicides have been recorded, the majority attributed by the authorities to the drug wars.
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