On Tuesday, in northern Mexico, authorities reported uncovering a mass grave potentially containing 31,000 bone fragments belonging to at least thirty one bodies.
The grave was discovered on a ranch in the town of Salinas Victoria.
The ranch was uncovered by statements from detained criminals. Human rights organizations argue that the mass grave was unearthed earlier this year and that the genetic profiles of thirty one people have already been identified.
Authorities say that the bones have been taken to the University Hospital of Monterrey, where DNA tests are being conducted.
Since 2007, nearly 25,000 people have have gone missing in Mexico.
Mexico’s Federal Police have records of fifty five mass graves containing seven hundred and thirty six remains since 2007. Rights groups argue the numbers are far higher, recording at least two hundred and twenty eight mass graves containing the bodies or remains of an astounding nine hundred and seventy eight people.