Monday, October 27, 2014
Mexico hints at imminent break in search for the 43
Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam conducted a press conference late this afternoon and suggested that authorities may be close to recovering the remains of 43 college students who disappeared 31 days ago and are presumed dead.
Karam said the government's new information came after the arrest of four members of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel, who he claimed had "taken custody of a large number of the students" after their detention by corrupt police in Iguala, Guerrero on Sept. 26.
"These men carried out the events, and are the main confessions we have received from some of those who were actually responsible," he added. "I have no doubt we will get the rest of them."
Karam did not say when the four were arrested, but told reporters they were being interrogated by Organized Crime Strike Force agents in Mexico City.
He declined questions from reporters.
The latest search appears to be focused on a municipal trash dump in Cocula, Guerrero, southwest of Iguala. Mexican police and military forces converged on the area late today, and began recovering bones from what was described as a "vast grave."
But such narcofosas are common all over Mexico. Thirty human remains recovered from another burial site just outside Iguala in early October so far have not been linked to the missing students.
Nov. 7 - All hope fades for families of 43 missing students, as Attorney General Karam delivers devastating news
Nov. 16, 2013 - Mass grave by Jalisco's Lake Chapala held 74 remains
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