Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes announced yesterday that a third man survived August’s massacre of 72 migrants in a ranch in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Mexico has confirmed that 77 migrants from Central and South American were kidnapped and held at the ranch either for ransom or to force them to work for drug cartels. Authorities believe the violent Zetas drug cartel kidnapped the individuals as they were heading toward the U.S.
The Mexican government has not confirmed there were three survivors. They have confirmed two survivors one from Honduras and the other from Ecuador. They were forced to admit to the second survivor after Ecuador’s government made an official statement with the survivor’s identification.
President Funes made the unexpected announcement as he was receiving eleven bodies of Salvadorans killed at the massacre. No further details on the person’s identification are known.