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Mexico Identifies Possible Second Victim of Student Kidnapping

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FILE - A masked protester poses with a sign reading "We are missing 43.

FILE - A masked protester poses with a sign reading "We are missing 43.

Mexican authorities say they have identified the remains of a second person missing after last year's kidnapping and disappearance of 43 students in the country's southern Guerrero state.

Mexico's Attorney General Arely Gomez said Wednesday that experts from Austria's Innsbruck Medical University found indications of a possible match between some of the remains and a student named Jhosivani Guerrero de la Cruz, who was 21 when he disappeared September 26, 2014.

Last December experts identified a bone fragment as belonging to 19-year-old Alexander Mora.

The remains were among bone fragments that were found at a landfill where Mexican prosecutors say the bodies of the students may have been dumped and incinerated.

But earlier this month, international experts reviewing the Mexican government's probe of the abductions rejected the government's official narrative. They accused investigators of mishandling evidence and relying solely on statements from suspects.

A more than 400-page analysis was released September 6 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights -- the autonomous rights arm of the Organization of American States – said there is no evidence supporting the government's central claim.

The government's theory says the students were captured by local police and turned over to drug cartel assassins after commandeering buses for transportation to a protest.

Under that theory -- first presented late last year by Mexico's former attorney general -- the bodies of the students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College were dumped at a trash site and incinerated outside a nearby town.

But the independent report said the dump fire was not strong enough to burn the victims to ashes, and it said investigators from Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Spain based that finding on expert analysis.

Human rights activists and parents of the students continue to voice outrage that the investigation has been based on the testimony of more than 100 people arrested on suspicion of involvement in the disappearances. The detainees include the former mayor of the town of Iguala.

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