On Tuesday, Mexican authorities made a shocking discovery in the western state of Jalisco. At the bottom of a 40-meter cliff, 45 bags with human remains were located in a ravine. Initial medical examinations have tentatively determined that the remains could correspond to eight young people reported missing last month.
The Mexican prosecutor’s office has notified the relatives of the missing, six men and two women who range in age from late 20s to early 30s. All had one thing in common: they worked at a call center in the area where the discovery was made.
The authorities have not discounted allegations that the call center was involved with fraudulent activities, such as fraud. Family members of the victims have denied the wrongdoings and have condemned the authorities for criminalizing the victims.
In addition to the human remains, authorities discovered marijuana, cloths and cleaning rags with apparent blood stains, as well as documents related to the fraudulent sale of vacation plans.
Now, residents of the Jalisco state are anxiously awaiting the completion of the investigation and final confirmation of the identities of the dead. Family members of the victims are hoping for closure, though it is not known how long it will take for the bodies to undergo full identification.
The discovery in Jalisco has underscored the ongoing issues of violence and lawlessness in Mexico, and has sparked calls from locals and international organizations alike for authorities to swiftly bring justice to the victims and their families. The tragedy has also left many fearing for their safety and highlighting the need for greater efforts to mitigate the prevalence of criminal activity and other security threats in Mexico.