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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

An anonymous call leads to horror: thousands of scorched human remains found in Coahuila

Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat from SinEmbargo


Silvia Ortiz, mother of the disappeared Fanny and who heads the group Vida, says that an anonymous call warned one of the members of the group that a plot of land of the San Antonio El Alto farming co-op was used by alleged organized crime members to disappear their victims.

The group went to the place Ortiz indicated and found thousands of skeletal remains and a leaky drum, similar to those used by organized crime to burn bodies. In addition to the drum and bone remains, they found dental pieces and a series of non-biological objects of great importance to the group.

Coahuila / Mexico City, December 4 (Infobae / SinEmbargo) .- Following an anonymous report, members of the group searching for missing persons, Victims for their Rights in Action (VIDA), located approximately 3,000 remains on a plot of land located in Coahuila. Apparently, the victims were burned in diesel drums.

An anonymous call warned one of the members of the VIDA group that a plot of the San Antonio El Alto farming co-op was used by alleged members of organized crime to disappear their victims.

Relatives of missing persons went to the site for the first time on Saturday to conduct the search. In the location they found shell casings, shoes, clothes, teeth and 3 thousand burned bone remains, the organization reported.

Based on its finding, the group presumed that the bodies of the victims were placed in 200-liter drums, then they added gasoline and burned them. Later they emptied the containers and finished breaking the remains with shovels, explained the treasurer of the organization, Óscar Sánchez Viesca.

The number of people killed could increase because the remains were found without digging or retrieving.

Experts from the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) will send the remains to a special laboratory in Mexico City to obtain their identification.

The spokeswoman for the VIDA group, Silvia Ortiz, said they will request the authorities' support to carry out an operation such as the one carried out to recover the 3 thousand 844 charred remains in the Patrocinia co-op, in October 2016.

Silvia Ortiz explained then that the Zetas burn the bodies of their victims to make the process of identification difficult.

Since 2015, the search organization for missing persons has located 90,000 skeletal remains in at least 40 clandestine graves in the towns of Santa Elena, San Antonio de Gurza, San Pedro and in Estación Claudio, in the La Laguna area.

According to the Attorney General's Office (PGR), in Coahuila, only the Sinaloa Cartel criminal group operates. Although the director of the Latin American Initiative of the University of Texas, Ariel Dulitzky, said in November that the Zetas also dispute the territory.

Dulitzky mentioned in the report "Control ... Relating to all of Coahuila State” that the Zetas, military and officials of the PGR were involved in threats to witnesses to investigate the drug trade and the disappearance of people in the entity.


  1. Goodnight.
    I have been anxiously awaiting this,
    Only the Sinaloa Cartel in Coahuila ? Gimme a break.
    Gracias , Profe

    1. Yaqui. Sinaloa in acquaintance to Gulf until the split from Z

    2. A ploy to rid la gente del tomate,and the next cartel to take over that territory.with elections coming up it's gonna be dog eat dog on the government level,with the ripple effect causing more havoc on the streets of Mexico.

    3. If the bones are smashed to pieces ,how do they know how many are thete?

    4. Average weight of bone per human then you fo the etc. Common math sounds like people in the thousands

    5. 4:47 if sinaloa was working with CDG, there was harmony, all the enanitos busting their arses for their masters, no murdering, burning and disappearing, which is the hallmark of military and police murdering and disappearing their victims,
      I do not understand your eagerly defending the pinchis zetas, former military and polesias, are you being "paid" to deny?

  2. The exterminations should lead to a all out massacre of reputed, alleged and known cartel members. No questions asked, just execute these spawns from hell.

    1. Poverty is widespread, gangs rule the barrios, the ruling class is corrupt: no matter how many get killed they are be replaced quickly.

  3. All those Zetas that "escaped" from prison a while back. This was the work they did to earn their freedom.

  4. It could be 10 or 100 thousand, no one in the government or media will care because all the dead are all poor with no political connections this wont even make the news.

  5. Fleas dream of buying themselves a dog, and nobodies dream
    of escaping poverty: that one magical day good luck will
    suddenly rain down on them- will rain down in buckets. But
    good luck doesn't even fall in a fine drizzle, no matter
    how hard the nobodies summon it, even if their left hand is
    tickling, or if they begin the new day with their right foot, or
    start the new year with a change of brooms.
    The nobodies: nobody's children, owners of nothing. The
    nobodies: the no ones, the nobodied, running like rabbits,
    dying through life, screwed every which way.
    Who don't speak languages, but dialects.
    Who don't have religions, but superstitions.
    Who don't create art, but handicrafts.
    Who don't have culture, but folklore.
    Who are not human beings, but human resources.
    Who do not have names, but numbers.
    Who do not appear in the history of the world, but in the
    police blotter of the local paper.
    The nobodies, who are not worth the bullet that kills them
    --Eduardo Galeano

    1. That was really intense!

    2. Good thing you included the authors name, Eduardo Galeano, because at first glance I thought you had plagiarized.

    3. That was truly impactful! Moreover, a beautiful truth to it!
      Nice read and thanks for sharing.


  6. Can it be that ones conscience is eating at him?
    To find a sense of humanity and closure to oneself? To elude ones misdeeds can only go on for so long before that better half decides to confront.
    I’m sure that even the most evilest of people succumb to a bit of light. At one point that is!


  7. I live near the site this was discovered about two months if not three ago wonder why they just now releasing info to public.

  8. 90000 people like who are they? Enemies or just innocent civilians I think something more sinister is going on?

    1. And yet many are tried and convicted in an international court of law for such atrocities.
      For war crimes by means of ethnic cleansing.
      Too bad no one will be tried nor convicted here. Since officially there is no war taking place in Mexico where jurisdiction / justification is merited.
      Sure many may believe otherwise!


    2. The mexican narco-government hides and denies all the murders they can, they are the ones that make clandestine mass graves, but I estimate the toll at about 300 000 minimum , very possible more than 500 000 in the last 20 years.


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