More than 60,000 people reported missing in Mexico since 2006

New data released by the Mexican government on Monday shows that more than 60,000 people have gone missing since officials unleashed its war on drug in 2006.Under then-President Felipe Calderón, Mexico launched an offensive against drug cartels and other criminal groups in 2006, sending federal troops to clean up his home state of Michoacan. The all-out offensive to root out organized criminal organizations has since left the country with more than 200,000 murders, which President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has blamed his predecessors for.Stats dating back to 1964 show that a total of 147,033 missing persons have been reported in the country and that authorities found 85,396 bodies.Of the 61,637 people that are still missing, 60,053 disappeared since 2006.   ‘The official data of missing persons is 61,637 [since 1964],’ Karla Quintana, head of the National Registry of Missing Persons (RNPED), told a news conference. The commission reported that 11,072 of the victims are children and that an additional 25.7 per cent of the missing persons are women.At least 9,164 people were reported missing in 2019, López Obrador’s first year in office. Authorities are still searching for the remaining 5,184 victims.Officials also said that a national search effort to find tens of thousands missing people in the country has so far yielded 1,124 corpses in 873 clandestine mass graves.Mexico’s National Search Commission was only able to identify a third of the bodies during its first 13 months of work. Less than a quarter of the total had been turned over to relatives. Share this article Share The government has set up DNA databases to help identify bodies, but the majority of bodies found in clandestine burial pits still go unidentified.Historically, the highest number of missing – and largest number of body pits – have been registered in the northern border state of Tamaulipas.Such unmarked pits are frequently used by drug and kidnapping gangs to dispose of the bodies of their victims or rivals.The commission said about a third of the corpses found the last 13 months were located in just three of the country’s 31 states: the northern state of Sinaloa, the Gulf coast state of Veracruz and the Pacific coast state of Colima. But many of the most recent cases of disappearances have been centered in the western state of Jalisco, home to the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, the most powerful criminal syndicate in the country.In December, investigators discovered 16 bodies, including a missing 38-year-old former cop, buried in a secret grave near two schools in Irapuato, a city in the central state of Guanajuato.The gruesome findings took place a day after the Jalisco State Attorney General’s office announced the discovery of 227 chopped human remains buried on farmland in Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, a municipality in the western state of Jalisco.Searchers of Puerto Peñasco, a volunteer group, discovered 13 bodies in the western Mexico resort town of Puerto Peñasco in

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