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Authorities say disappearances related to organized crime the most difficult to solve

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — María López Urbina, in charge of the Commission to Search for People in Quintana Roo, acknowledges that disappearances related to organized crime are the most difficult to find and solve.

According to López Urbina, forced disappearances (kidnappings) carried out with violence and firearms make the search work more difficult because it is a problem that goes beyond the state, but requires the collaboration of the Attorney General’s Offices and the Public Security Secretariats of all states to fix it.

From September 2022 to date, 187 cases of missing persons have been reported in the state, of which only 60% have been solved with a 5% fatality rate.

López Urbina says that they are in contact with search groups to continue investigating and locating those reported as missing. She says that while they search for recently missing people, they also search for cases that go back five or more years.

She says that the missing persons files are permanent and that monthly meetings are held with Oscar Montes de Oca of the State Attorney General’s Office to review progress.