A forensic expert takes a photo at the site where a mass grave was discovered at El Mirador neighbourhood in Tlajomulco de Zuniga Image copyright
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Forensic professionals have been examining the website of a mass tomb in Jalisco state.

The bodies of at least 29 individuals have been discovered in a mass grave on the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara in western Mexico, authorities state.

It was near two other shallow graves in which 81 bodies were found in 2015.

Recently, Mexico revised the figure of people who had actually vanished considering that 2006 from 40,000 to 60,000

A Number Of them are believed to have actually been killed by Mexico’s powerful criminal gangs, their bodies disposed of in makeshift tombs.

Officials stated they had actually had the ability to identify 4 of the 29 bodies so far and that they came from those of people reported missing out on. Forensic tests are continuing the remaining bodies.

All 3 graves were found after members of Mexico’s National Guard robbed a storage facility in neighboring Toluquilla on 6 November.

They were on a regular patrol of the location when they spotted armed men outside the warehouse. They raided the premises and found eight people who were being held by the gunmen along with a big toolbox of weapons.

They jailed 15 people, 3 of whom were juveniles, and info supplied by them led them to the 3 tombs at a local farm.

Gruesome discoveries

The discovery of mass graves in Mexico is not uncommon.

In the 13 months in between 1 December 2018 and 31 December 2019, more than 1,000 bodies were exhumed from private burial websites.

The area around a  mass grave discovered at El Mirador neighbourhood in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, Jalisco State

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Mass graves and disappearances

Figures for 1 December 2018 – 31 December 2019

  • 1,124 bodies found in mass graves

  • 395 bodies determined

  • 9,164 people reported missing

  • 43% were found

  • 5,184 stay missing

Source: Mexican government

Some are believed to have actually been gang members eliminated either by their own gang for viewed trespasses or by competing gangs. Others were kidnapped for ransom and killed when their loved ones were not able to pay up. Others were eliminated for entering area controlled by a gang or because they were viewed as a threat by a criminal group.

The state of Jalisco, where Guadalajara is situated, is among the 5 Mexican states where the most significant variety of the private tombs have actually been found. The others are Colima, Guerrero, Sinaloa and Veracruz.

While the tombs are mostly discovered in rural areas, bodies have actually also been discarded in homes in Guadalajara as bad guys understand it is harder for authorities to search personal properties.

In some areas, loved ones of the missing have actually banded together and are digging for the remains of their loved ones themselves whenever they get a tip-off about the place of a presumed mass tomb.

For more on the loved ones turned searchers read: The Searchers: Mexican ladies who look for the dead

In November, the federal government of President Andrés Manuel López developed an online portal where individuals can report individuals missing, in an effort to get more accurate figures of the variety of vanished.