The human remains discovered inside 45 bags abandoned at the bottom of a ravine in the Mexican state of Jalisco match the eight young call center workers who have been missing since late May, local authorities announced on Tuesday.
Last week in Zapopan, in the suburbs of Guadalajara (west), investigators launched in search of these eight employees of the same call center had found human remains in a ravine 40 meters deep.
“The evidence (…) confirms that they correspond to the young people who worked in a call center in Zapopan and were reported missing”, informed the government of the state of Jalisco in a press release, based on on the report of the forensic experts.
The victims, two women and six men in their mid-thirties, were last seen between May 20 and May 22, according to family alerts.
Their remains were discovered in the same area as their workplace.
The federal government, based on initial investigative evidence, indicated that the call center was involved in various illegal activities, such as real estate fraud and telephone scams.
The State of Jalisco is the one with the most missing people in Mexico, with more than 15,000 since 1962.
As of 2021, some 70 bags containing the human remains belonging to 11 people had been discovered in Tonala, near Guadalajara, the state capital.
On Tuesday, the state prosecutor's office announced that 27 bodies were discovered on May 25 in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zuniga, also in the suburbs of Guadalajara. Eight bodies have been identified.
From December 2018 to April 2023, 136 clandestine graves have been identified in the state of Jalisco alone, with 1,573 bodies.
These serial disappearances “result from the decision of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG) in 2015 to expand its borders. They invaded Michoacán, Jalisco, and moved towards Zacatecas and other parts of the country,” triggering bloody battles, security specialist David Saucedo told AFP.
The CJNG is led by Nemesio Oseguera “El Mencho”, wanted by the United States, which offers 10 million dollars to whoever will allow his capture. According to Mr.
Saucedco, this cartel is trying to monopolize drug trafficking and control more routes to the United States, a strategy that includes the forced recruitment of young people and the extermination of gangs locals.
Such news items are daily occurrences in Mexico. On Monday, a “research collective” claimed to have found six corpses in Salamanca, in the state of Guanajuato (center).
And on Tuesday, the prosecutor's office in Colima, a state in the west of the country, reported the discovery of “92 human remains and bones”, without specifying the number of victims.
Mexico has recorded more than 340,000 murders and some 100,000 disappearances, mainly attributed to criminal organizations, since the launch in December 2006 of a vast and controversial military operation aimed at combating drug trafficking.