10 more bodies found at mass grave near US-Mexico border, bringing total to 58, officials say

Molly Duerig, Arizona Republic

PHOENIX – Ten more bodies were discovered buried in Rocky Point, the Attorney General’s Office in the Mexican state of Sonora announced Saturday. The discovery brings the total number of human remains recently uncovered in the area to 58.

Forty-two bodies were initially discovered in a mass grave near the beach resort town approximately 200 miles from Phoenix. Last weekend, the group Searching Mothers of Sonora said it discovered six additional bodies and that armed men forced them to abandon their search.

On Saturday, experts from the attorney general’s Scientific Forensic Intelligence Lab, accompanied by staff from the Mexican Association for Clinical Research, completed the excavations in five graves.

The 10 newly discovered sets of human remains appear to be complete bodies.

Nine of the 18 autopsies that have been conducted so far have been processed by an anthropologist working with the National Commission for the Search of Missing Persons. One body has been returned to family members, according to the state.

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Lupita Orduño, spokeswoman for the Sonora Attorney General's Office, has previously said it was too early to come up with theories on why the bodies were buried in a mass grave because they first had to determine how they died or were killed.

Anyone who believes a family member of theirs is among the dead may make a complaint and complete a DNA test at one of the Attorney General’s Departments of Expert Services. These are located in the towns of San Luis Rio Colorado, Caborca, Nogales, Agua Prieta, Hermosillo, Guaymas, Ciudad Obregón and Navojoa.

Residents of other towns who are interested in this process should contact the Sonora Attorney General’s Agency of Public Ministry. 

It is crucial for families to present official identification and at least two direct family members, such as parents, children or siblings.

The Sonora state attorney general is able to continue its work thanks to the support of high-profile medical and criminal experts, as well as groups like the Searching Mothers of Sonora, “women who have turned their pain into strength to recover their ‘treasures,'” the office wrote in a statement.

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