Forty-Nine Decapitated Bodies Found Scattered Along Mexican Highway to US
Forensic technicians work at a crime scene in the municipality of Cadereyta Sunday, where authorities found the dismembered bodies of 49 people stuffed into bags and dumped on a highway. (National Post)
Mexican officials found forty-nine bodies, decapitated and without hands and feet, along the highway connecting northern Mexican city of Monterrey to the US. The Zetas drug gang claimed responsibility for 49 headless corpses.
The Washington Post reported:
Forty-nine decapitated and mutilated bodies were found Sunday dumped on a highway connecting the northern Mexican metropolis of Monterrey to the U.S. border in what appeared to be the latest blow in an escalating war of intimidation among drug gangs.
Mexico’s organized crime groups often leave multiple bodies in public places as warnings to their rivals, and authorities said at least a few of the latest victims had tattoos of the Santa Muerte cult popular among drug traffickers.
The bodies of 43 men and six women were found in the town of San Juan on the non-toll highway to the border city of Reynosa about 4 a.m., forcing police and troops to close the highway.
Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene said at a news conference that a banner left at the site bore a message with the Zetas drug cartel claiming responsibility for the massacre.
Domene said the fact the bodies were found with the heads, hands and feet cut off will make identification difficult. The bodies were being taken to Monterrey for DNA tests.
Mexican police found 49 bodies wrapped in plastic bags near the northern city of Monterrey, officials said. (News Tribe)
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