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Experts say 3 bodies not those of Mexican students

November 25, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Argentine forensics experts working on mass graves in southern Mexico said Tuesday they have identified three bodies found there but none belong to students missing from a rural teachers college.

Authorities looking for the 43 missing students have found at least 11 burial pits containing 38 bodies.

The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team said the three it identified were people who disappeared in the city of Iguala in recent months.

The teachers college students have not been seen since Sept. 26 when they were stopped by Iguala police and turned over to a drug gang. Prosecutors say that gang killed them and incinerated their remains.

Burned bits of bone recovered from a nearby garbage dump have been sent to Austria for genetic testing.

The search for the missing students has exposed a number of unrelated victims buried in clandestine graves around Iguala, an area dominated by the Guerreros Unidos drug gang.

An independent search for more clandestine burial sites being conducted by a vigilante-style “community police” force has turned up one site containing at least one, older set of human remains.

The community members had claimed to have found as many as 10 burial sites, but prosecutors said Monday they have confirmed human remains at only one so far. Those skeletal remains were believed to have been buried more than a year ago.

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