IGUALA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA: Mexican authorities have found four new mass graves in the investigation into the disappearance of 43 students after suspects said some of the young men were buried there, officials said Thursday.
Four new suspects took investigators to the site of the pits, 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of Mexico City, but the number of bodies remains unknown, said Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam.
“They say there are remains of students,” Murillo Karam said, possibly dashing hopes among parents who refuse to believe their sons have died.
The four clandestine graves are “relatively” close to the location of another mass grave found last weekend in the southern state of Guerrero that contained 28 unidentified bodies, he said.
Authorities say it will take at least two weeks to identify the bodies through DNA analysis.
The case has outraged Mexicans, who held protests across the country Wednesday to demand the return of the students, in a nation that has lost tens of thousands of people to drug violence since 2006.