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Desperate to find sons, parents of 43 missing students in Mexico appeal to drug boss for help

FILE - This Thursday, March 26, 2015 file photo shows drawings of some of 43 missing rural college students are surrounded by flower petals, forming the shape of a heart, during a protest marking the six-month anniversary of their disappearance, in Mexico City. Angry citizens and parents of the 43 missing students urged the country not to abandon them. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

FILE - This Thursday, March 26, 2015 file photo shows drawings of some of 43 missing rural college students are surrounded by flower petals, forming the shape of a heart, during a protest marking the six-month anniversary of their disappearance, in Mexico City. Angry citizens and parents of the 43 missing students urged the country not to abandon them. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)  (The Associated Press)

Families of 43 college students missing in southern Mexico since September say desperation and a lack of confidence in the government has driven them to appeal to the leader of a drug gang for help in locating their sons.

After months of investigation, Mexican officials concluded a different drug gang murdered and incinerated the young men. But six months after the disappearance, and with only one of the missing identified through a bone fragment, parents are asking the leader of a rival gang to share what he knows.

A sign hung near the city where the students disappeared asks the purported leader of Los Rojos gang to "help us find our sons."

The father of a missing student says the families have not had a response as of Wednesday afternoon.