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Missing Persons search team from Quintana Roo train in U.S.

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Personnel from the the Missing Persons Search Area participated in a training course in the U.S. Elements from the State Attorney General’s Office of Quintana Roo participated in the course on Excavation of Remains and Investigation of Clandestine Graves.

The course was given by the United States Embassy through the Counternarcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Section (INL).

Pedro Viveros Gordillo, head of the Prosecutor’s Office Specialized in Crimes of Forced Disappearance of Persons, highlighted the interest of the Attorney General Raciel López Salazar to reinforce the search actions for missing persons with a humane sense and promptness.

“With this course, we will reinforce the search strategies carried out in the state, which, since the arrival of Attorney General Raciel López Salazar, have improved protocols with a methodology, with the support of experts, planning and meetings prior to the operation,” said Pedro Viveros, who was accompanied by Criminal Expert José Roberto Pech Chan.

In that sense, he said that with this training, which took place at the facilities of the Forensic Anthropology Center of the University of Tennessee located in Knoxville, competencies in the search for clandestine graves are reinforced in addition to acquiring forensic anthropology methodologies in the excavation and appropriate treatment of human remains.

Photo: The group from Quintana Roo participated in the U.S course as shown here. Photo: FGE October 28, 2023.

The topics covered were Introduction to the Center for Forensic Anthropology, Fundamentals of Forensic Anthropology, Trauma and Patrology, as well as Biological Profile, Entomology, Human Decomposition, Fire Recovery, Search and Excavation of Graves, Search for Graves and Preparation of the reticle.

This course is part of the commitments agreed upon through the Bicentennial Understanding on Security, Public Health and Safe Communities between Mexico and the United States.