Mass grave discovery

IGUALA DE LA INDEPENDENCIA, Mexico – More bodies have been pulled from a mass grave in southern Mexico as authorities work to determine if 43 students who vanished after a police shooting are among the dead.

At least 15 bodies been dug from pits discovered on Saturday on a hill outside the town of Iguala, 200 kilometres south of Mexico City, two police officers at the scene said.

The grim find came a week after the students disappeared when a protest turned deadly.

Witnesses in Iguala say municipal police officers whisked several of the students away.

Inaky Blanco, chief prosecutor for the violence-plagued state of Guerrero, declined to say how many bodies were buried in the pits.

“We still can’t talk about an exact number of bodies. We are still working at the site,” Mr Blanco told a news conference late on Saturday in the state capital, Chilpancingo.

The site was cordoned off and guarded by scores of troops and police.

More bodies were being recovered on Sunday, another officer said.

Juan Lopez Villanueva, an official from the National Human Rights Commission, said six pits were found up a steep hill probably inaccessible by car.

Four forensic services vans left for the morgue late on Saturday carrying nine bodies in silver bags. Authorities are conducting DNA analysis to identify the victims.

The graves were found after some of the 30 suspects detained in the case told authorities about their location, Mr Blanco said.