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Mexican police destroyed, withheld evidence in probe of 43 missing students, group says

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, the mother of missing college student Adan Abarajan de la Cruz sits at the foot of soldiers outside a military base during a protest by the families of 43 missing students over the army's alleged responsibility or lack of response to the students' disappearance in Iguala, Mexico. A group of independent experts said Monday, Aug. 17 2015, that Mexican authorities withheld information from family members of 43 college students who disappeared after a confrontation with police, not notifying them that some of the young menâs clothing was discovered shortly after they went missing. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2014 file photo, the mother of missing college student Adan Abarajan de la Cruz sits at the foot of soldiers outside a military base during a protest by the families of 43 missing students over the army's alleged responsibility or lack of response to the students' disappearance in Iguala, Mexico. A group of independent experts said Monday, Aug. 17 2015, that Mexican authorities withheld information from family members of 43 college students who disappeared after a confrontation with police, not notifying them that some of the young menĂ¢s clothing was discovered shortly after they went missing. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez, File)

Mexican authorities did not notify families of 43 college students who disappeared after a clash with police that some of the young men's clothing was discovered shortly after they went missing, a group of independent experts said Monday.

The Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts also reported that security videos containing visual evidence may have been destroyed.

The group said it will issue a final report on Sept. 6, but wants its investigative mandate extended beyond that date.

The 43 students from the Rural Normal Ayotzinapa teachers college disappeared last September in the nearby city of Iguala, in the southern state of Guerrero.

Relatives have criticized prosecutors, who concluded the students were turned over to a drug gang, which killed them and incinerated their bodies.

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