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23 bodies found in search for missing agents in Jalisco, Mexico

By Scott Tuttle     Nov 21, 2013 in World
In the continued search for two missing federal agents, Mexican officials have discovered 15 clandestine graves of which they have found 23 bodies and counting in Jalisco's La Barca municipality.
Federal agents René Rojas Márquez and Gabriel Quijados Santiago have gone missing since November 3rd during a narco-trafficking investigation for the Federal Attorney General's office. Though presumed dead, their bodies have yet to be found. Shortly after they went missing, their abandoned and incinerated vehicles were discovered, but there were no skeletal remains in the ashes. Thus, they were most likely taken from their vehicles alive.
The search for the mass graves began after 22 municipal police officers and three civilians from Vista Hermosa, Michoacán, a city boardering La Barca, were arrested and charged with involvement in the abduction of the two federal agents on November 10. Having confessed to leaking information about the federal agents to the New Generation Jalisco Cartel, the arrested police officers also gave officials information about a cluster of mass graves in La Barca where bodies are routinely abandoned by kidnappers and narco-traffickers. Thus, the site is being thoroughly searched and new bodies are continuing to turn up in the process.
So far, the search has yielded 15 grave sites of which investigators have found 18 male bodies, one female body, and the skeletal remains of four individuals that were too decayed to identify. Many of the corpses revealed evidence of torture and mutilation prior to having been killed.
None of the recovered bodies have been identified as those of the two missing agents. Thus, the search continues. Now it's just a question of how officials will find them and how many more bodies will they find in the process.
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