More bodies were exhumed from a mass grave in southern Mexico Sunday as anxious parents of 43 students missing since a police shooting last week hoped for news about their fate.

Forensic experts recovered 28 bodies, some of them charred, have so far been removed from pits discovered Saturday on a hill outside the town of Iguala, 25 miles south of Mexico City, the health secretary of Guerrero state, Lazaro Mazon, told AFP on Sunday.

State Prosecutor Inaky Blanco said the corpses were too badly damaged for immediate identification and he could not say whether any of the dead could be some of the college students.

Blanco said one of the people detained in the case had told investigators that 17 students wre taken to the grave site and killed there, but he stressed that investigators had not confirmed the person’s story.

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