By Daniel Sanchez I
Guaymas (Mexico), September 20 (EFE).- The search for the missing in Mexico has reached the bottom of the natural heritage of humanity in the Sea of Cortez, where Navy divers and mothers from Sonora who lost their children. Gunmen found hundreds of bodies dumped in the sea.
The searches took place in the ports of Empalme and Guaymas, the most important in the Mexican Pacific region, with a list of the Guerreras Buscadoras collective consisting of mothers, daughters, grandmothers, mothers-in-law and wives of the victims. More than 500 have disappeared thanks to tracks from the killers.
“We take care of our beaches and they are something very beautiful, for this to happen, we are disappointed as a group and as relatives of the missing, we do not understand why they are being thrown into the sea?”, said the leader Searching Warriors to Efe, Cynthia Maritza Gutierrez Medina.
“We urge that they leave them for us in a place where we can find them because nothing else has been thrown into the container, they have left them exposed on the beach or the sea has dragged them away. On shore and that’s how we find people,” he added.
A long search
The leader of the Guerreras Buscadoras spent four and a half years searching for his son, Gustavo Angel Godinez, who disappeared on June 30, 2017.
At the first opportunity they searched the sea, they found three vessels containing the bodies of four men and a woman, already identified and handed over to their families.
In recent months, the group has received anonymous complaints and notices from the region’s own criminal groups, who have disclosed to them some of the places where they dumped their victims, mainly in the port’s areas known as Paraje Viejo, Bahia Catalinas and La Salada. Guaymas.
“We are knocking on the doors of the National Commission for Missing Persons, with the Secretariat of the Mexican Navy to assist the divers and what is the panga (small boat), we also have the support of the State Search Commission which is supporting. We have an aquatic drone right now”, announced Guterres Medina.
The underwater search was made possible with the help of eight Navy personnel aboard a Defender-class water rescue vessel manned by two pilots, two security personnel and four divers from the Naval Search, Rescue and Maritime Surveillance Station.
“I’m very grateful, I don’t even know how to pay them for their help, they’re not relatives, but they support us like we’re a family. From the National Search Commission, they brought us an underwater drone that reaches depths we’ve never seen before. Unreachable,” said Maria del Rosario Gutierrez Urias, a member of the group.
The search for the Sea of Cortez reflects the deepening crisis of disappearances in Mexico, which last May surpassed the number of more than 100,000 people not found since 1964, when the official registry began, which now reports about 106,000 people.
María del Rosario threw herself into the sea to find her son Jesus Gabriel López Gutiérrez, who went missing on April 4, 2021, a fisherman, and said as his last wish that his ashes be thrown into the sea because “he loved the sea, his life was the sea
“He was on a fishing boat for several years, a shark, he traveled the coast of the Sea of Cortez and the Gulf of California, he said and always told me that he loved being at sea, it was his source of work, it provided him with support for his daughter, today Her daughter is six years old,” said the woman.
Now, he admits he hesitates to fulfill his request.
“Because I’ve been fighting for a year and four months where the most I want is to have him in our home,” she admits.
Searching Warriors laments that the Sea of Cortez, considered a World Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, has been turned into a secret grave.
“It is a tourist spot and yes our beaches are beautiful, but unfortunately through anonymous messages we have received whistles (notices) that our relatives have been thrown into the sea with drums full of cement at their feet, while others have had their 200-litre drums smashed. , it is very difficult, but it is real, “added the worker.
Since 2017, the group has found more than 262 bodies in pits and secret hearths in the Guamas and Empalme regions of southern Sonora.
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