Photo: Mexican Border State Coahuila
The government of the northern Mexican state of Coahuila said it has at least 1,600 open missing-persons cases, most of them involving organized crime.
The figure was disclosed after Gov. Ruben Moreira and other top officials met Saturday with leaders of the Fuundec group, which represents the families of the missing.
One item on the agenda was the possible creation of a special missing-persons unit in the state Attorney General’s Office, the Coahuila government said in a statement.
“Gov. Ruben Moreira Valdez presented the Plan for the Search for the Disappeared,” the statement said, adding that the first step will be conducting a census to determine exactly how many people are missing.
Officials and Fuundec representatives also agreed on other measures in conjunction with Mexico’s independent National Human Rights Commission.
Among those initiatives will be the creation of a Web page where authorities, relatives of the missing and society at large can both obtain and contribute relevant information about the disappeared, the statement said.
Coahuila authorities are also to enlist their counterparts in other Mexican states and neighboring countries in efforts to track down missing persons.
The program likewise calls for posting photographs of the missing in busy public areas.
Coahuila, which borders Texas, has suffered for the last three years from a brutal turf war pitting the Sinaloa and Gulf cartels against the ultraviolent Los Zetas gang.