La Jornada – They leave blood samples in the hope of finding their offspring

In the hope that their blood samples will help to find their loved ones soon, whether dead or alive, dozens of relatives of disappeared persons have come since last Monday to the headquarters of the National Population Registry to participate in the Brigade of Reference Sampling.

Yesterday, the March for National Dignity carried out for the eleventh consecutive year by the mothers of the victims of disappearance also encouraged many families to participate in the initiative, organized by the Regional Center for Human Identification (CRIH) and the National Search Commission.

Among the first people who came to give their blood samples this Tuesday were Margarito López Vázquez and Berta Gutiérrez Vargas, whose son Edgar disappeared on November 28, 2015, after being kidnapped in the state of Hidalgo.

Although Edgar’s parents managed to collect a part of the ransom they demanded, the young man never got to the point where his captors were supposed to release him. Since then, his family has participated in multiple field searches in various states and they continue to explore alternatives. Sampling, they say, is one more door they are going to knock on.

Find him…dead or alive

“Dead or alive, but we want to find him. What else can we lose? This is worse than when a child dies, because at least there we already know where he is, but when he’s disappeared, we don’t know what becomes of him. That is why we continue forward”, stressed Berta Gutiérrez after taking samples.

Luis Rodrigo Albeldaño Peña, a member of the CRIH victim investigation and documentation team, explained that the registration process consists of verifying whether the people who come to take samples are already in an official database, and then channel them through an advisor who incorporates some physical data of your loved one.

For example, height and age at the time of his disappearance, but also if he had tattoos, if he had suffered a fracture or what his dental characteristics were, in order to be able to distinguish them more easily in the event that a body is found that corresponds to her CARACTERISTICS.

Similarly, family members take a blood sample from the ring finger of the less dominant hand, through an automatic lancet with which about eight drops are collected and sent to the CRIH genetics laboratory, located in Saltillo. , Coahuila.

In line to leave her samples was Anita Zelaya, who is looking for her son Rafael Alberto Rolin, who disappeared in Chiapas on May 19, 2002. “It’s been 20 years of a very strong personal struggle. Alive we look for them, because alive they left, but we knock on all possible doors, to see if they open for us”.