Jalisco violence: Horror as at least 75 bags of human remains found in clandestine graves

21/06/2020

The Jalisco State Attorney General's Office reported Saturday that at least 75 bags with human remains were found in clandestine graves located in the municipalities of Zapopan and Tlaquepaque. This was stated by prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solis in a press conference.

Horror in Jalisco: at least 75 bags of human remains found in clandestine graves in Zapopan and Tlaquepaque/ Photo: EFE archive file
Horror in Jalisco: at least 75 bags of human remains found in clandestine graves in Zapopan and Tlaquepaque/ Photo: EFE archive file

"We have work in the so-called La Higuera (neighborhood) in Zapopan, also another work point in Santa Anita, (Tlaquepaque) with the purpose of carrying out excavations to find bags. In Santa Anita, we found 36 bags and in La Higuera, 39."

Both pits were found between June 12 and 13, so this morning the excavations began in an area in the Lomas del Sur colony in the municipality of Tlajomulco, where the residents reported foul odors. The exact number of bodies that could be inside is still unknown.

On June 17, 14 bodies were also found on the surface of a farm in Lagos de Moreno, on the border with the state of Guanajuato. The remains are already at the Medical Forensic Service where two men and a woman were identified.

In the last six months, a total of 215 bodies have been found buried in graves in Zapopan, Chapala, Tlajomulco, and Juanacatlán. Fifty percent of the bodies found have been identified and 85 percent had been reported missing, so family members have been notified to come forward for identification.

There are currently three more graves being excavated in Zapopan, Juanacatlán and El Salto, because they do not have sufficient personnel to carry out the work of surveying, exhuming and identifying human remains. Surely these figures will be modified in the coming weeks or months as discoveries are made and as Forensic Sciences processes the type of findings that may be: segment, bags or complete bodies

What happened in Jalisco reflects that violence has not stopped in Mexico despite the health emergency of COVID-19.

Jalisco is the birthplace of the Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) cartel, one of the most dangerous in Mexico and whose leader Nemesio Oseguera, "El Mencho", is one of the most wanted criminals in the United States.

With more than 3,000 murders, March was the most violent in the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office in December 2019.

This Friday, the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection acknowledged that in May there were 2,913 homicides, only 13 less (0.44%) than in April, in addition to 69 femicides, only one less than the previous month.

By Agencies