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Report on Missing Mexico Students Reveals Night of 'Confusion, Terror'

And casts more doubt than ever on government version

(Newser) - The big question about why 43 missing Mexican students were abducted remains unanswered, but a new international report on the case suggests more than ever that the government's version of events is a joke. Investigators with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights say Mexican police tortured key suspects into... More »

Report: Mexico's Missing Students May Not Be Dead

Panel finds no evidence they were killed, but it does offer motive for murder

(Newser) - For months, the case of 43 missing college students has been considered closed, at least by Mexico's government. In January, the then-attorney general said all were killed by a drug gang and burned in the state of Guerrero. "We thought, 'The entire country is going to believe... More »

Search for 43 Students Turns Up 129 Other Bodies

None of them are believed to be the missing Mexican students

(Newser) - The search for 43 missing college students in the southern state of Guerrero has turned up at least 60 clandestine graves and 129 bodies over the last 10 months, Mexico's attorney general's office says. None of the remains has been connected to the student teachers who disappeared after... More »

Mexico Declares 43 Missing Students Dead

AG says Iguala protesters were killed, incinerated

(Newser) - Investigators are now certain that 43 college students missing since September were killed and incinerated after they were seized by police in southern Guerrero state, the Mexican attorney general says. It was the first time Jesus Murillo Karam has said all the students are definitely dead. Mexican authorities have DNA... More »

Mexico Charges Mayor's Wife With Organized Crime

Her brothers allegedly part of Guerreros Unidos drug gang

(Newser) - The wife of a Mexican mayor whose police force turned 43 students over to a drug gang that allegedly killed them has been charged with organized crime and money laundering. Maria de los Angeles Pineda is the wife of Jose Luis Abarca, the former mayor of Iguala, in the southern... More »

Mexico Busts Fugitive Mayor Blamed in Students' Disappearance

Jose Luis Abarca, wife caught by federal officers in Mexico City

(Newser) - Federal police have arrested Jose Luis Abarca, a fugitive Mexican mayor, and his wife, who have been called the "probable masterminds" behind the disappearance of 43 student protesters in their city, the BBC reports. The Iguala mayor and wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda Villa were busted in an... More »

Mexico Blames Crooked Mayor for Missing Students

Iguala mayor, wife now fugitives

(Newser) - The corruption in Iguala, Mexico, went all the way to the top: The city's mayor and his wife were behind the disappearance of 43 student teachers almost a month ago, authorities say. Mexico's attorney general says the leader of the Guerreros Unidos gang has told investigators that Mayor... More »

Hills Around Iguala Keep Giving Up Mass Graves

Search for 43 missing Mexican students is stepped up

(Newser) - The search continues for 43 college students missing since a clash with police in Mexico on Sept. 26. After investigators determined that none of the 28 bodies recovered from recently-discovered mass graves belonged to the missing students, the search was ordered to be stepped up. Yesterday, horse-mounted Mexican police patrols... More »

Mexico: Missing Students Not Found in Mass Graves

First 28 bodies unearthed may be earlier cartel victims

(Newser) - Authorities testing remains found in nine mass graves in southern Mexico have yet to find any of 43 students from a teachers college who disappeared after a confrontation with police, security officials say. None was among 28 bodies, some badly burned, that were unearthed a week after the Sept. 26... More »

More 'Clandestine' Graves Found in Mexico

Charred remains found in four mass graves in Iguala

(Newser) - Four more "clandestine" mass graves housing burnt bodies have been found in Iguala, Mexico, reports Reuters , and they're "relatively" close to six others discovered last weekend. Four suspects led investigators to the graves yesterday; it isn't clear how many bodies the graves contain, AFP reports. The... More »

Mass Graves in Mexico Could Hold Missing Students

It could take weeks to identify 28 badly burned bodies

(Newser) - Investigators are still trying to identify 28 "savagely slaughtered" bodies found in mass graves outside the Mexican city of Iguala—but they fear they have found evidence of an atrocity carried out by local police with ties to organized crime. Six students were killed when a group of students... More »

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