The burnt remains of two young people missing since January in Veracruz, Mexico, were identified through forensic testing. The youths remains were found on a ranch in the municipality of Tlalixcoyan, on February 9.
Attorney General of Veracruz, Angel Luis Bravo revealed the findings to the press. Five youths were initially reported missing in January this year.
Bravo said that experts in forensics of the Scientific Division of the Federal Police developed a detailed analysis of the remains and objects located on the property.
Relatives of the five young men, who disappeared on January 11 after being allegedly handed over by policemen to a criminal group, met with the authorities to talk about the discovery on Monday in Mexico City.
At the meeting the relatives were informed that two people had been identified among blood and bone fragments found in the “El Limón” Tlalixcoyan ranch town in Veracruz.
“We are going to request a second and third test to be completely sure that they [the remains] do belong to our children,” Bernardo Benítez, father of one of the victims said in an interview with Radio Formula in regard to the findings of Alfredo González Díaz and, his son, Bernardo Benitez.
At the ranch in Tierra Blanca, the remains of between 300 and 400 fragmented and burnt body parts, informed one of the vistim’s relatives who asked to remain anonymous.
Seven officers are currently under arrest as the case proceeds.
In addition to the victims’ parents, Roberto Campa, Secretary for Human Rights of the Ministry of the Interior and Enrique Galindo, General Commissioner of the Federal Police, were also in attendance.
According to a press statement, Campa “ratified the commitment to the families to inform them of any progress, as well as instruction to continue the search process, in addition to accompanying families to complete the entire process of investigation and punishment of those responsible.”
A total of 400 members of Mexico’s National Police were involved in the search for the young people in Veracruz, a state that has seen levels of violence intensify during recent years.
The students were allegedly burned by an armed group. Local police were also said to have been involved.