Mexico’s Attorney General, Jesus Murillo Karam, told families of the missing students that their children had been rounded up by police and handed over to a drug gang, who murdered them and incinerated their bodies at a rubbish dump, mistaking them for rival cartel members.
“The evidence allows us to determine that the students were kidnapped, killed, burned and thrown in the river,” said Mr Murillo.
Tuesday night in Guerrero state, relatives of the students rejected the theory which was first put forward two months ago, with some believing the students could still be alive.
“We don’t believe anything of what they say,” said Carmen Cruz, mother of missing 19-year-old Jorge Cruz. “We are not going to allow this case to be closed.” Mr. Murrillo said evidence of gasoline, diesel and burnt rocks and steel proved the theory that the fire was hot enough to burn all 43 bodies to ashes, a claim that is under dispute. The government said that there are 487 investigations that support their case, 99 people detained or fugitive and 386 declarations.