Forensic Report Contradicts Mexico’s Claims About Fate of 43 Missing Ayotzinapa Students

GLOBAL POST — On Sept. 26, 2014, 43 students went missing from the town of Iguala, in Mexico’s Guerrero state. Now, the findings of a yearlong forensic investigation are raising doubts about the Mexican government’s official version of what happened to them.

According to Mexican authorities, corrupt municipal police kidnapped the students, who were studying at a rural teachers’ college in the nearby town of Ayotzniapa, and handed them off to local gang members. The gang murdered them and incinerated their bodies in a landfill.

A team of Argentine forensic experts investigated the supposed burn site and found no evidence that Mexico’s version of events is true. They did find human bone and teeth fragments, but none, they say, were from the 43 students. And there was no evidence of a recent fire large enough to destroy 43 bodies.

“The multidisciplinary probe of biological and nonbiological evidence recovered in the Cocula landfill and the additional information gathered do not back up the hypothesis that there was a fire on the morning of September 27, 2014, of the required magnitude and duration that would’ve resulted in the massive incineration of the 43 missing students,” the forensic team concluded.

Attorney General Arely Gomez Gonzalez said she will order a new investigation into the students’ disappearance.

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