Fourteen bodies and more than two dozen bags full of human remains have been found outside the Mexican city of Guadalajara, state prosecutors have said.
The discoveries, announced on Thursday, were made over the last 10 days, in four different regions in the country’s west.
The remains of 14 people were found on the border with the central state of Guanajuato – one of the country’s most violent areas because of petrol-smuggling criminal groups.
The bodies of three men were found outside a tin mine along with a woman “whose hands and feet were tied,” the prosecutor said, while the bones of nine men and a woman were discovered on a small farm.
Human remains packed into 26 bags were also found in Guadalajara – one of Mexico’s largest cities and the capital of Jalisco, authorities said, though it is not clear how many people that represents.
“The Institute of Forensic Sciences will determine the number of bodies,” said Jalisco state prosecutor Gerardo Solis.
Of the victims, only two have been identified by relatives, while the authorities presume that the bodies have been in those areas for at least a month due to “the mummification of the remains”.
Only one of the corpses was intact, with traces of detachment by the action of scavenging animals in the others.
📢 #Boletín | Fiscalía Regional de Lagos de Moreno culmina labores de búsqueda de personas desaparecidas en dos zonas; en total de localizaron 14 cuerpos
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— Fiscalía del Estado de Jalisco (@FiscaliaJal) June 18, 2020
Translation: Lagos de Moreno Regional Prosecutor’s Office has completed the search of missing people in two areas; in total 14 bodies were located, the Prosecutor’s office wrote on Thursday.
So far this year, 115 bodies have been found in at least 10 clandestine graves in Jalisco, most of them outside Guadalajara.
The state has been the scene of rising violence during the past five years, and many of the cases have been linked to a powerful drug cartel, Jalisco Nueva Generacion (Jalisco New Generation).
In April, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said violence among criminal groups has persisted despite the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country, which has infected more than 160,000 and killed at least 19,000.
“It seemed …when the coronavirus [became] more widespread, that we would have a considerable reduction [in violence],” Lopez Obrador said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that way.”