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As they closed down the final island penal colony within the hemisphere after greater than a century, Mexican authorities confronted a conundrum: that they had misplaced observe of 16 inmates registered on the Islas Marias jail.

Most had been later situated at different prisons on the mainland, Francisco Garduno, the pinnacle of Mexico’s jail system, stated Friday. They’d apparently been transferred from the penal colony however not struck from its rolls.

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However Garduno stated two inmates had been by no means discovered and are presumed to have escaped in a 2013 jail riot that killed six folks.

It was unclear if the inmates tried to get to the mainland — traditionally, most who tried drowned within the try — or headed into the hills of the primary island. There have lengthy been rumors of escapees residing on the island, often called “remontados.”

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Even some jail staff do not need to depart the primary island, situated 70 miles (110 kilometers) off the Pacific coast of Nayarit state.

Garduno stated 117 of the 411 staff need to proceed engaged on the island, which is scheduled to turn into a nature reserve and cultural middle.

The final 652 inmates had been transferred off the island in late February.

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