Authorities in northern Mexico have found 45 bags of human remains in a canyon on the outskirts of Guadalajara and are still trying to determine how many bodies there were
MEXICO CITY — Authorities in northern Mexico have found 45 bags of human remains in a canyon on the outskirts of Guadalajara and are trying to determine how many bodies there are.
The bags found at a forest lookout contained the remains of men and women, the prosecutor’s office in the western state of Jalisco said in a statement Wednesday night. Firefighters and civil defense worked by helicopter to recover the remains from the canyon and planned to continue for the next several days.
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Authorities were looking for seven young people who were reported missing last week when they found the location, but it was still unknown if they were among the remains found. The public prosecutor’s office said it had investigated the place after a report of possible body parts there.
There are more than 110,000 missing persons in Mexico, and Jalisco is the state with the highest number, with 15,000, according to federal government data. There are also thousands of unidentified remains in morgues and cemeteries.