November 16, 2013
I added some quick reference material for background info. for perspective incase anyone might need it. On Monday Nov. 4, the military took control of the port of Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, this included the the main offices of the local and federal government operating in that municipality. According to reports in the local press, the military arrived Lazaro Cardenas around 7:30 a.m. and from that moment on troops began patrolling the streets of the city and its surroundings.
Immediately elements were dispatched to search for them. They “combed” the area, all night and early morning, but to no avail. Later on, that Monday morning Nov. 4, they found the green pick up truck in which the missing PGR federal agents, René Rojas Marquez and Gabriel Quijadas Santiago had last been seen driving the night before. It was burned, abandoned on land located at kilometer 4, in the vicinity Cumuato, on the highway from Sahuayo to Vista Hermosa. 22 municipal police in Vista Hermosa, along with three civilians were detained, on Monday, Nov. 11. A federal judge who specialized in criminal searches, interception of communications, and bail, granted an order to implement a precautionary measure to arraign 20 municipal police officers of Vista Hermosa, Michoacan, who were arrested as part of the investigations by the disappearance of two federal policemen. Sources at the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) reported that the arraignment period for investigation will be 40 days. Research will be conducted to ascertain the whereabouts of the agents René Rojas Marquez and Gabriel Quijadas Santiago.
The Attorney General indicated that two policemen and three civilians were released because from the investigation because they were no longer thought to be involved in the disappearance of the PGR agents. Detainees who gave their statements to the Deputy Attorney Specialized Investigation of Organized Crime (SEIDO) in Mexico City, provided information on a warehouse that was used as a safe house. So began an operation in the town of La Barca, which was the location of the first body.
A group of agents along with experts with sniffing dogs continue to work throughout the week in La Barca, Jalisco, trying to locate bodies in clandestine graves where the detainees said that they discarded the bodies. 7 corpses were found Thursday bringing the total of uncovered bodies to 14 men and two women. They were located on land between Jalisco and Michoacán in La Barca; Their identity still has not been established
Human remains were in some cases “tied, gagged” and “tortured,” and “most of them have tattoos,” divulged the ministerial staff. Four of them were in an advanced state of decomposition, the sources said.
Friday afternoon, Mexican authorities increased the count to19 bodies scattered in eight mass graves in La Barca.