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Mexico says 4-year search of ranch has found 31 bodies

02 September 2015, 19:03

Monterrey — Authorities say a four-year search of a ranch in northern Mexico has turned up bone fragments belonging to at least 31 individuals.

The prosecutor's office in Nuevo Leon state says more than 30,000 bone fragments were found during repeated searches at the property north of the industrial city of Monterrey.

The searches began in 2011 after neighbors reported suspicious activity at the ranch. The area has been the scene of turf battles by the Zetas drug cartel and other gangs.

Years of genetic testing confirmed the fragments came from about 31 people.

The rights group Amnesty International said Wednesday the discovery pointed to the need for Mexican authorities to act on the cases of thousands of missing people.

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