EAAF Disputes Mexican Government’s Report that Second of 43 Missing Ayotzinapa Students Was Found

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Almost a year after the disappearance of 43 students from an Iguala teachers college rocked Mexico, Mexico’s state attorney general Arely Gómez González has said that the remains of a second student have been identified. Jhosivani Guerrero de la Cruz is one of the 43 students who disappeared from Guerrero state while on his way to a demonstration. The remains were supposedly found in a dump and identified by Austrian forensic scientists from the University of Innsbruck, according to the BBC. The only other student whose remains have been identified belonged to Alexander Mora Vanancio.

Sin Embargo reports that el Equipo Argentino de Antropología Forense (EAAF) told the parents of the missing 43 that it is very unlikely that any of the remains belonged to de la Cruz. The Mexican government’s contradictory statement came on the heels of an Inter-American human rights investigation disputing the official account given by the government. Independent experts found that evidence does not support that the bodies were incinerated. Though the Mexican government stuck by their story, they said they would begin a new investigation to get some real answers.

When news broke on Wednesday night, De la Cruz was a trending topic on Twitter. Once again, people expressed their frustration and distrust of the government.

Anti-government sentiments were present during the midnight celebration of Mexican Independence Day at the Zócalo on September 15. A group help up shirts that said “Peña asesino,” according to Proceso. The leader of the group Julio Marcel ended up being arrested.