The Prosecutor of the Mexican state of Jalisco found three new clandestine graves with 75 bags with human remains on Sunday and began to work to identify the bodies.
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, after assuming the Presidency at the end of last year, recognized the damage caused, especially in the last decade of violence, and declared a state of forensic emergency nationwide, with some 30,000 unidentified corpses and many thousands more of missing people.
Since then, the government has allocated resources to forensic science and has encouraged coordination between family members and authorities to find clandestine graves in the most violent regions.
With this expanded focus on finding missing people in Mexico, the Jalisco prosecutor, Gerardo Octavio Solís, reported that he found three clandestine graves within the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area and explained that the experts of the Jalisciense Institute of Forensic Sciences found 75 bags with human remains.
Solís said that in the first grave, located in La Higera, Zapopan, 39 bags with human remains were located. The second was found in the municipality of Tlaquepaque, in Santa Anita, with 36 bags with human remains.
In the third, in Lomas del Sur, in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, they did not find bags, but the bodies of 14 people were found unburied covered in lime and emitting very strong odors, which lead to their discovery.
Meanwhile, the violence continues to claim lives in the country. Between March and this month alone, 100 people have been killed in the state of Guerrero, and it is estimated that some 300 abandoned their homes and joined the growing number of internally displaced persons to avoid being caught in the crossfire of drug gangs as Mexico continues to struggle with their fight against cartels and violent crimes throughout the country.