Mexico's disappeared – Beyond the drug war's mounting death toll, a growing group of victims is drawing increased attention. More than 5,300 people have disappeared in the past five years, Mexico's National Human Rights Commission reports. Alfonso Moreno, whose son went missing a year ago, is one of many parents who have become vocal members of a national peace movement.
Mexico's disappeared – Alejandro Moreno disappeared about an hour from the Mexico-U.S. border last January. The IBM systems engineer left a trail of clues that his parents have tried to follow. His father, Alfonso Moreno, says he has more information than authorities do. "Unfortunately, organized crime is organized," he says. "Our authorities aren't."
Mexico's disappeared – In addition to information about his son's case, Alfonso Moreno keeps pictures and descriptions of others who disappeared the same way, driving on highways near the northern city of Monterrey. He knows their stories as well as his son's. Off the top of his head, he can rattle off the dates they went missing.
Mexico's disappeared – Four of Maria Herrera Magdalena's eight children have disappeared on gold-buying trips. Three of them left behind young children who still cry out for their fathers. "They don't understand what's going on. They think they were abandoned," says Herrera, 63.
Mexico's disappeared – Maria Herrera Magdalena holds photos of her four missing children: Salvador, Raul, Gustavo and Luis Armando. "When I start to talk about my sons, I can't stop crying," she says.
Mexico's disappeared – Julia Alonso's son, Julio Alberto Josue Lopez Alonso, disappeared four years ago on vacation in northern Mexico. Hope that he may be found alive fuels her fervor. "For family members of victims who have died, at least they know that they are dead," she says. "We are anxious. It is a situation of not knowing."