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5 bodies ID'd as those of kidnapped Mexican youths

By Nick Parker, for CNN
August 25, 2013 -- Updated 1625 GMT (0025 HKT)
What happened to 12 young people who were forced at gunpoint into a van in Mexico City's popular Zona Rosa entertainment district on May 26? <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/04/world/americas/mexico-missing-mystery/index.html?iref=allsearch'>The mystery has gripped nation</a>. Penelope Ramirez is a cousin of Jerzy Ortiz Ponce, who is one of the 12 missing people. She holds a sign with his picture during a gathering of family members in the Tepito area of Mexico City on May 31. What happened to 12 young people who were forced at gunpoint into a van in Mexico City's popular Zona Rosa entertainment district on May 26? The mystery has gripped nation. Penelope Ramirez is a cousin of Jerzy Ortiz Ponce, who is one of the 12 missing people. She holds a sign with his picture during a gathering of family members in the Tepito area of Mexico City on May 31.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 13 bodies found in mass grave near Mexico City this week
  • Of those 13, five have been identified as youths kidnapped from Mexico City bar
  • 12 youths were kidnapped from after-hours club in May, authorities say
  • Four people have been arrested in the case

(CNN) -- At least five of the bodies found this week in a shallow grave near Mexico City are those of teens who were kidnapped from a bar three months ago, Mexico's attorney general said Friday.

The announcement appears to shed light on a crime that jolted the capital city: The kidnapping of 12 youths from an after-hours club during daylight on the morning of May 26.

Authorities on Thursday said they found a clandestine mass grave east of Mexico City. On Friday, the federal attorney general said the grave -- a shallow grave covered by concrete at an eco park in a state neighboring Mexico City -- contained 13 bodies.

Five of them were those of youths who'd been taken from the Mexico City club, the attorney general said.

Earlier, authorities said the grave was at a ranch. The site is in the town of Tlalmanalco, in the state of Mexico, about 30 miles east of Mexico City, the state-run Notimex news agency reported.

Authorities haven't said what led them to the grave.

The May 26 incident at the after-hours bar shocked residents of Mexico City, who for the most part have been spared from the violence seen in other areas.

The owner of the bar, a co-owner and two bar employees have been arrested in the case.

Mexico: As dangerous, and safe, as ever

CNNMexico's Veronica Diaz and Juan Pablo Mayorga contributed to this report.

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