Remains of Missing Mexican Students May Have Been Found in Garbage Bags

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About 25,000 people have gone missing in Mexico since 2006, according to estimates by the government and human rights groups. Not clear is how many of them may have been victims of foul play. One of the most high-profile cases happened in September last year, when 43 students from a rural school in the southern state of Guerrero were hauled off by Iguala police believed to be working with a drug gang, causing national and international outrage. Parents of the missing students are seen here praying in front of an altar in Ayotzinapa, Mexico on Oct. 6, 2014. (Credit: Getty Images)

Mexican investigators have recovered black plastic garbage bags containing dozens of burned human bones and other remains they believe may belong to 43 college students last seen being led away by police nearly a month and a half ago.

The remains match information from three detained suspects who described in great detail how they loaded the students into the back of a truck in Iguala, in Guerrero state, killed them, burned and chopped up the bodies and tossed them in bags into a river, Atty. Gen. Jesus Murillo Karam said today.

The evidence “points to the homicide of a large number of people,” he said. He stopped short of declaring the dead to be the students, however, saying the condition of the remains will make identification difficult.

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