MEXICO CITY (AFP) – Mexican authorities scoured a massive garbage dump Tuesday, searching for the remains of 43 students who have been missing for more than a month.
Investigating prosecutors suspect the open-air dump, surrounded by mountains in the Guerrero state town of Cocula, could be where corrupt local police delivered the captured students to hitmen linked to the local Guerreros Unidos drug ring.
“That is why experts are looking for remains carefully here. Bones already have been found, but experts have to look at whether they are human or from other animals,” a federal government source close to the investigation told AFP.
The searchers, about 15 of them, were clad in white suits with air filters on their mouths, and were working with sniffer dogs.
They painstakingly designated a search area with small orange markers, but there was no definite sign of any human bodies.
Getting there was not easy. They climbed rocky trails dotted with small homes, goats and donkeys, to reach the dump for the town of about 15,000 people.