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Independent researchers raise new doubts about Mexico’s infamous Ayotzinapa case

A new reportby independent investigators is raising new doubts about the infamous 2014 disappearance of 43 education students in southern Mexico.

With their latest report, the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts presented video evidence of the previously unknown role of the Mexican Marines at a dump in Cocula, Guerrero, where officials from the previous presidential administration of Enrique Peña Nieto claimed that the bodies of the students were incinerated. In previous reports, the group undermined that claim.

Ángela Buitrago, one of the report’s authors, said the new video evidence allowed the group to determine “with full confidence” that the Marines interfered with the key site before it was formally investigated.

Pointing to official records the group obtained, the report also claims that the students had been under heavy government surveillance in the lead up to their disappearance, and for years prior.

On Tuesday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that the apparent Marine operation at the dump is now under investigation.

Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.