Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco — Authorities have reported the discovery of 19 bodies in a grave they say is only about four months old.
The State Attorney General (FGE) has confirmed the finding of 16 men and three women, saying they were found in a pit not far from Guadalajara. The local prosecutor’s office says the grave was first discovered Monday on a plot of land in Lagos de Moreno.
Forensic officials worked Tuesday and Wednesday, which is when they concluded a total of 19 bodies and two human skulls. Authorities are not ruling out the possibility that some of the bodies are that of recently reported missing people.
Violence in Guadalajara, the second most populous city in Mexico, has escalated since March of last year after the fracture that occurred inside the Jalisco Nueva Generación cartel, one of the most powerful in Mexico, according to authorities.
In May, a senior state official survived a bullet attack in broad daylight in downtown Guadalajara. In April, three young film students were kidnapped, tortured and murdered in Jalisco, sparking protests from civil society.
Some reports say that a tip led police to the area where a cadaver dog found the grave, however, officials have not released details about their finding.