They look in Mexico’s loneliest corners, on hillsides and in woods and across empty fields. They look for the places others might have forgotten, in tight ravines and trash dumps and vacant lots, poking sticks into the soil and sniffing them for the scent of death.
The search for Mexico’s disappeared — people who have been killed but whose bodies have not been found — is one of the saddest rituals of the country’s decade-long drug war. Across Mexico, mothers and fathers, husbands and wives, have banded together to search for their missing loved ones. These men and woman — one such group in the Pacific Coast state of Sinaloa is known as Seekers for Peace — often do this on their own because the government has failed to find their loved ones.