The number of missing persons in Baja California Sur is 377

Mexico's State Search Commission joins the national forensic identification mechanism; in 2021, 3 people have disappeared every week.

The number of missing persons in Baja California Sur is 377
Baja California Sur. Photo by Wonderlane / Unsplash

The head of the State Commission for the Search of Persons, Lizeth Collins Collins, confirmed that 377 people are still reported as missing in Baja California (BCS), while the state agency under her charge links actions of the collectives of relatives of missing persons and actions of government agencies to offer an integral attention to this problem.

In an interview with El Independiente newspaper, the state official informed that there is a total report of 472 missing persons in the state, of which the largest number is concentrated in Los Cabos, with 203 reported missing persons, followed by La Paz, with 155; Comondú, with 53; Mulegé, with 39; and Loreto, with 4 files related to these inquiries.

The commissioner informed that 142 files have been opened in 2021 and 98 persons have been registered as missing. This means that almost 3 (2.8) persons have been lost per week so far this year. She also indicated that 95 people have been located, so she was able to say that there are currently only 377 files open for missing persons in the state.

Thirty-nine people have been found alive, of which 29 have been women, and the rest of the discoveries have been of human remains that, according to protocol, must be forensically identified in order to link them with their relatives.

Since the creation of the commission, together with the prosecutor's office and expert services, 14 human remains have been identified. Therefore, more than a dozen identities of the remains found have yet to be clarified. As a result of these searches, meetings have been held with representatives of collectives and relatives of the missing persons in each of the municipalities, in coordination with the specialized prosecutor's office for attention to victims.

In the same way, a calendar of search days has been established, which are carried out in coordination with the families. "It is a work that the families initiated and, in that sense, continuity has been given," Collins Collins acknowledged, indicating that the state commission under her charge arose in 2020 by virtue of the national call of the search collectives at the national level.

The commissioner informed that within the framework of the International Day of the Enforced Disappearance, federal authorities presented a new specialized mechanism for forensic identification.