The Americas

2nd outside report says Mexico students not burned at dump

A group of Argentine forensic experts says it has determined there is no physical evidence to conclude that 43 students who disappeared in southern Mexico in 2014 were incinerated at a trash dump as government investigators initially claimed.

The report released Tuesday by the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team found the dump in Cocula, Guerrero state, was the site of multiple fires at various times.

But while bone fragments corresponding to at least 19 people were found there, the team says there is no evidence they belong to the missing students.

The government has said the students were killed by a drug gang, their remains incinerated, and their charred bone fragments tossed in a nearby river. Some fragments have been linked by DNA testing to two of the missing students.