Death Toll in Tamaulipas Mass Grave Rises to 177
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The death toll in the mass grave site in San Fernando, Tamauliaps reached 177 Friday as 32 more bodies were exhumed, according to Mexican press accounts.
Based on the number of complaints received to date, the death toll could well climb to more than 200 by next week.
News reports now say that many of the victims already recovered may be murders unrelated to the late March serial bus hijackings and massacres in San Fernando. Forensics have indicated some of the victims may have been killed as far back as last October, 2010.
Reports also say that many people are now coming forward with complaints on missing persons. The Tamaulipas attorney general's office has received 85 calls, 237 complains or denunciations, and 280 individuals have provided DNA samples. The office has opened a separate office to handle queries regarding the mass murder.
The graves have been found in several areas around San Fernando, including Brecha El Arenal, Las Norias, Ejido San Vicente and Ejido Francisco Villa, as well as the Américo Villarreal colony.
Although the reason for the serial bus hijackings in late March remains shrouded in mystery, an unsigned, uncredited report released by the Mexican drug war news blog Blog Del Narco, suggests the hijackings were part of a recruitment drive by Los Zetas in the area.
The report describes in vivid detail how passengers were separated, abused and ultimately murdered save for a small number of men who were then told they were part of the Los Zetas.
The report has since been removed.
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