Riviera Maya, Q.R. — State authorities have begun using a probe to detect methane gas in an attempt to find missing persons. Investigative police in Cancun began to use the probe for the first time in late December.
According to María Patrón Pat, President of group Searching Mothers, the special equipment is being used to detect the methane gas emitted by bodies in a state of decomposition.
It was used for the first time by the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) in the search for missing people in cenotes and caves in the continental area of Isla Mujeres.
The search was carried out in an area of weeds located in the continental area of Isla Mujeres in an attempt to find missing people. The probe was introduced into spaces between rocks to detect the possible presence of methane gas that would reflect the presence of a body in a state of decomposition.
In 2023, state authorities began regular searches in various municipalities in an attempt to locate the hundreds of people listed as missing in the state of Quintana Roo.