Gerardo Moreno Valenzuela. Heraldo de México
During the last six years, at least one person has disappeared in Sonora per day. However, there is concern that the formal complaints have decreased significantly in recent years, said the Citizen Committee of Public Security.
Its monthly report focuses on disappearances and explains that the historical record is six thousand 654 investigations for missing persons; four thousand 201 remain unfound, 63.9 percent; and 6.6 percent were found lifeless.
On the other hand, in 2021, there were four thousand 902 calls to 911 to report a missing person, and so far, in 2022, there is a record of two thousand 498 calls, but many do not file a complaint. In Sonora, the number of complaints decreased from one thousand 78 in 2017, the year with the most registered complaints, to only 126 in 2021, and so far, in 2022, there are only 59 reports.
People now do not file complaints; they prefer to report their missing relatives through the pages of the search collectives because they have more confidence in the work, in contrast with the authorities’ work.
At the moment, in Sonora, 14 collectives officially integrated throughout the state and have one and a half million followers on social media, a growth of 523 percent in just two years.
The Citizen Committee assured that there must be more intense work from the Prosecutor’s Office of Sonora. Search mechanisms must also be created for each specific case, protect the rights of victims’ families, and allocate sufficient resources to operate effectively.
El HERALDO DE MÉXICO