Inside a cave in the state of Chiapas in Mexico the remains of 167 people have found. The cave is located on the Nuevo Ojo de Agua ranch and authorities believe that the remains have been inside the cave for at least fifty years – maybe more.
State prosecutors said that the remains do not show any signs of violence; however, the investigators will not rule out anything. There will need to be studies down on the remains in order to determine the age and gender of each person, as well as a cause of death.
The southern state of Chiapas is close to the border of Guatemala. The cave is located about eleven miles from that border. Many migrants from otherCentral American countries cross through there on their way to the United States.
In 1960, a civil war started in Guatemala and it would last for 36 years. More than a quarter of a million people were killed or are still missing as a result of that war. Many activists believe that soldiers committed most of the atrocities of the war. They believe that the bodies were often secretly buried.
In more recent times, drug cartels in Mexico have killed more than 40,000 people since 2006 whenMexican President Felipe Calderon was elected. Many of those that were killed were buried in mass graves all over Mexico. There have also been thousands of migrants killed in both Mexico and Guatemala, as well as other Central American countries.
The authorities investigating this case are puzzled, though. It’s difficult to understand how 167 people would die in the cave or be taken to the cave and not have signs of violence. Police hope that further examination of the remains and the cave will yield some answers to many questions about the remains.