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  • Forensic examiners during an operation to look for human remains in the forested mountains outside Cocula in October.

    Forensic examiners during an operation to look for human remains in the forested mountains outside Cocula in October. | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 December 2014

A scientist from Mexico’s largest university, the UNAM, published a detailed report that showed the 43 missing students couldn’t have been burnt in a Cocula waste dump.


Every day, more statements or proof come out showing that the Mexican General Attorney’s claim that the missing 43 were killed and burnt in a rubbish dump isn’t true.

Attorney General Jesus Murillo, claimed that people who had been arrested for allegedly partipcating in the kidnapping said the Ayotzinapa students were taken to a garbage dump in Cocula where they were killed and incinerated by the Guerreros Unidos group on the night of September 26.

However, scientists of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) published a detailed report on Thursday that refutes the government’s version, They explained that to have burnt that many people, it would have been necessary to use enormous quantities of fuel.

“The hypothesis that the students were burned in Cocula has no scientific explanation,” said Jorge Montemayor, researcher at UNAM’s Physics Institute, during a press conference.

Montemayor explained that 33 tons of four inch logs (two trailers of logs) would have been needed to burn the bodies. He also said that 116.6 pounds of gas for each body would also have had to have been used.

The professor added that if the bodies had been burned with tires, then the criminals would have needed to use 995 car tires. Futher, 2.5 tonnes of barbs would have been left over, and a big column of black smoke would have been visible from very far away.

“It is impossible that (the missing 43) were burned in Cocula and authorities have a serious problem, because if they were not burned there, then who did it and where?” asked Montemayor.

It is not the first time that experts criticize government's investigation, but nobody so far has refuted it in such detail.

On the night of September 26, Iguala police shot at several buses taken by the Ayotzinapa students, killing three of them and another three civilians. According to authorities, the police then “arrested” 43 students and handed them over to the ‘Guerreros Unidos.’

That gang, according to the Mexican attorney general, is controlled by the former mayor of Iguala and his wife, who were recently captured by the police. They are accused of being the masterminds behind the violent incidents of September 26.

Since then, only the remains (ashes) of one student, Alexander Mora, which according to the authorities were found inside a plastic bag that was thrown to a river, have been identified.

The UNAM’s report was published just days after the Argentine forensics team that is helping the parents of the missing 43 to identify the remains found in Guerrero, said that, despite Mora’s remains having been identified, the team cannot confirm the government’s version because they did not witness where the remains were found.

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