On September 17, a truck parked in the state of Jalisco containing 273 unidentified bodies disturbed residents of Jalisco, western Mexico, as the smell became unbearable. The state’s morgue was full and the corpses were to be transported to a climatized warehouse, but things got complicated on the way and the news made international headlines. Now, it’s known that at least another 12 trucks are being used as mobile morgues in three different states.
Shortly after the news broke out, it was revealed that another truck with 122 bodies never left the morgue’s parking lot in Jalisco. With daily murders and thousands of families looking for their missing relatives without rest, the fact that there were trucks overloaded with unidentified bodies shook Mexico.
The increasing number of murders has made the situation for families and forensic centers across the country unbearable, especially where murder rates are unusually high.
The country’s National Institute for Statistics and Geography (Inegi) registered 31,000 murders during 2017. By July 2018, it had already registered 16,000. Those are only official numbers, but there are also thousands of missing people whose whereabouts are unknown.
According to a report by the news outlet Milenio , authorities in Acapulco, Chilpancingo, Iguala, Xalapa, Alvarado and Tijuana, decided to acquire these services as morgues are getting filled with unidentified bodies still waiting to get their DNA and fingerprints registered for future identification.
The first of these three cities, some of the most violent in the entire country are in the state of Guerrero, where morgues […]