Mexico's government said evidence suggests that 43 missing trainee teachers were murdered and their charred remains thrown into a garbage dump. Deborah Lutterbeck reports
Mexico's Attorney General Jesus Murillo says evidence suggests that 43 missing trainee teachers were murdered and their charred remains thrown into a garbage dump and a river in southwest Mexico, based on the confessions of three detained gang members. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MEXICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL JESUS MURILLO, SAYING: "Some hours ago I informed the families of the missing youth on the advances in the investigation taking place. I know that the information we have obtained causes great pain in the families, a pain that everyone shares in solidarity. The statements and confessions that we have gathered from investigations carried out unfortunately points out to the murder of a large number of people in the area of Cocula." The government says police working with a local drug gang abducted the students Detainees, caught a week ago, admitted to setting fire to a group of bodies near where the students went missing in late September (Spanish) MEXICAN ATTORNEY GENERAL JESUS MURILLO, SAYING: "The detainees pointed out that in this area they took the lives of the survivors and then they they put them under the rubbish dump where they burnt the bodies. They took shifts so that the fire lasted hours, using diesel, petrol, tires, plastic." Outrage has spilled into the streets over the disappearances -- presenting the toughest challenge yet for President Enrique Pena Nieto, who took office two years ago vowing to restore order in Mexico, where about 100,000 people have died in violence linked to organized crime since 2007.