Researchers have found human remains from one of 43 Mexican students who disappeared in 2014. Prosecutors announced this Tuesday (local time). It is the second time that human remains have been identified in the case.
In November last year, bones were found in the Mexican state of Guerrero. In all, more than a hundred bones were found, but only a few were suitable for DNA testing. Identification by researchers from the University of Innsbruck in Austria now shows that one of the bones of one of the missing students is Christian Alfonso Rodriguez Telumbre.
"This is a new era," said the prosecution. "More than five years after the incident, human remains of one of the victims have been identified." Only once before, in December 2014, human remains were identified in the case.
The 43 youngsters disappeared in September 2014 after riots in the city of Iguala. Presumably, police officers kidnapped them during a demonstration by order of the mayor. Then they are said to have been turned over to a drug gang. The Mexican army may also have been involved in the disappearance.
Thousands of people protested disappearance
In January 2015, the students were officially declared dead. Authorities assumed they were all "kidnapped, killed, and burned." Then their bodies would have been thrown into a river. The discovery of human remains contradicts that story.
The case sparked protests across thousands of people across Mexico. They protested the authorities, who hold them responsible for the disappearances. The current president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, promised to take care of the disappearance when he took office.