Three missing students are dead after criminals in Mexico beat them to death and dissolved their bodies in acid, according to police.
Mexican authorities in Jalisco state announced that the mystery around the three students’ fate had finally been solved weeks after their disappearance triggered massive protests. The film students went missing in the municipality of Tonala after they were forced into a car by between six and eight gang members.
“Subsequently their bodies were dissolved in acid so that no trace of them remained,” the state prosecutors office said, according to Reuters.
Drug cartels have used the violent tactic to erase evidence in the past and police believe gang members falsely assumed the three victims were from a rival gang.
According to witnesses, heavily armed men posing as police officers accosted the students after their car broke down. They were never seen again, the Los Angeles Times reported.