In the latest grisly find in these parts, 35 bodies have been unearthed at two properties in and around the Guadalajara metropolitan area, the Jalisco Attorney General’s Office revealed last week.
State authorities said 27 corpses were dug up at a ranch in Colonia El Campanario in the municipality of Zapopan. The victims had all been tied up and were in various stages of decomposition. Attorney General Octavio Solis said some of the corpses had been buried “three meters down.”
Solis said skulls of seven people and other human remains were discovered at a house on Calle Rio Bravo in Colonia Olimpico in Guadalajara.
Only five of the victims from the Zapopan ranch have so far been identified. Family members of disappeared people rushed to the scene after the news of the discovery broke during the weekend.
Although Solis did not attribute the discovery of the corpses to any single criminal organization, he described the discovery as a “ blow” to cartels.
The latest finds brings the number of “clandestine graves” unearthed this year in Jalisco to eight. Veracruz leads the list with 78.