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Relatives of missing people at a demonstration. Relatives of missing people at a demonstration.

Missing persons in 2015 totaled 27,887

Authorities keep a tally on the count while relatives do the searching

Thousands of people have disappeared in Mexico since the war on drug cartels was stepped up during the administration of former president Felipe Calderón.

In a report to the Senate this week, the Interior Secretariat announced just how many were actually missing in 2015 according to a national database.

The number came to 27,887.

The National Data Registry of Missing or Disappeared Persons (RNPED) is a database compiled by the National Public Security System and is updated yearly with data provided by each of the 32 states of the republic and some federal agencies.

The RNPED organizes the records of missing people in an electronic database for the purpose of providing support in any search investigations. The records can be accessed by the authorities and the general public.

Ninety per cent of all those missing have been recorded in just 14 states: Tamaulipas, State of México, Jalisco, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Baja California, Sonora, Michoacán, Guerrero, Puebla, Mexico City and Guanajuato.

The Gulf state of Tamaulipas is the source of close to 21% of all the cases on record during 2015, with a total of 5,622.

Of the 26,898 missing people reported at the state level, 19,714 are men and 7,184 are women. The age range with the largest number reported missing is 15 to 19 years, followed by 20 to 24.

At the federal level, the Attorney General’s office reported 989 cases of missing persons opened during the year.

While the authorities keep count of those who have gone missing, the task of finding them has fallen on their relatives.

Earlier this year, the National Search Brigade for Disappeared People was created by family members from the states of Guerrero, Coahuila, Sinaloa, Chihuahua and Baja California. Their first search operation in the state of Veracruz ended with the discovery of human remains in at least 15 different areas.

Just this month, a collective of 50 mothers of missing persons, also in the state of Veracruz, found 75 clandestine mass graves on a parcel of land in the Colinas de Santa Fe neighborhood in the state’s capital.

Source: Animal Político (sp), Milenio (sp)

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