The Mexican government has recalculated the number of people who have disappeared since the start of the country’s drug war in 2006, now saying a total of 22,322 are missing. It had said in May that 8,000 people were missing.
Deputy Attorney General Mariana Benitez said Thursday that 12,532 people went missing during the 2006-12 administration of President Felipe Calderón, who declared war on drug traffickers. An additional 9,790 have disappeared since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office on Dec. 1, 2012.
Authorities have given conflicting figures on the missing since announcing in February 2013 there was an official list showing 26,000 people unaccounted for.
It is unclear how many of the missing persons were kidnapped or killed by drug gangs, which frequently bury their victims in clandestine graves.