Mexican police have found at least 45 bags containing human remains in a canyon in the western Mexican state of Jalisco in a search for seven young people who went missing last week. The gruesome discovery was made at the bottom of a 40-meter (120-foot) deep canyon in the city of Zapopan, a suburb of Guadalajara, a large industrial hub. Mexico's state attorney's office said in a statement on Thursday that "45 bags containing human remains, belonging to men and women, have been extracted." Forensic experts have not yet determined the number of victims in the bags or the number of victims. their identities.
Mexican police confirmed they had discovered the remains while searching for two women and five men, all in their 30s, who had been missing in the area since May 20. The seven missing persons filed missing person reports on separate days, but investigators found that they all worked at the same call center in the same area as where the remains were found.
Initial investigations indicated that the call center may have been involved in illegal activity, with local media reporting that authorities found marijuana, a cloth and a rag apparently stained with blood, and documents that may have been involved in business activity. Local authorities in Mexico say some of the human remains found in the bags appear to match the profile of some of the missing youths. Firefighters and civil defense personnel are helicoptering the remains out of the canyon and plan to continue the search in the coming days.
It is worth mentioning that, according to data from the Mexican federal government, more than 110,000 people are missing across Mexico, and Jalisco is the state with the largest number of missing people, with 15,000 people. Jalisco's new generation of drug cartels, operating in the state, is one of the most powerful organized crime groups in Mexico and has been involved in disputes with other drug groups. Meanwhile, thousands of unidentified remains remain in morgues and cemeteries across the country.
And under President Lopez Obrador, there has been more violence in Mexico than under any previous administration. During the four-and-a-half years of President Obrador's presidency, more than 40,000 people were reported missing and some 156,000 people were murdered. Lopez Obrador said this week he would support a peace deal with drug cartels to stop the bloodshed that has spread across the country.
The Mexican president's comments came after an activist looking for the missing brother published an open letter targeting 10 organized crime groups, calling on them to end the practice of enforced disappearances. The analysis said, “Mexico’s missing persons crisis is the worst in Latin America. As the violence continues to worsen, many people are wondering whether a peace agreement between drug cartels and the government is really a radical idea.”
That said, while Mexico has increased its resources to search for missing persons, the number of missing persons is overwhelming, and without a solution to the crisis, the search for loved ones will continue indefinitely. Investigator Juan Salgado of the "World Justice Project" analyzed that negotiating with drug cartels is negotiating with armed groups, and negotiating with these organizations needs to take into account "complex peace-building strategies."