MEXICO CITY – At least 10 bodies were found this weekend in a clandestine grave in the Mexican Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Guerrero state Attorney General’s Office spokesmen said.
Investigators responding to a call to the emergency line went to a canal in an area between the Aguas Blancas and Carabali districts, where they found the mass grave, the AG’s office said in a statement.
Officials suspect there may be more bodies at the site and plan to continue digging.
The coroner’s office transported the bodies to the morgue, where autopsies will be performed and investigators will try to identify the remains.
Acapulco, Mexico’s most famous Pacific resort city, is No. 4 on the list of most violent cities in the world, with a homicide rate of 104 per 100,000 residents, the non-governmental Citizens Council for Public Safety and Criminal Justice said in a report released in 2016.
Guerrero, one of the poorest and most violent states in Mexico, has been plagued by drug-related violence for years.
The most notorious case in the state was the Sept. 26, 2014, disappearance of 43 Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School students in the city of Iguala.
The students, according to officials, were detained by police and then handed over to members of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel.
The official version of events is that the Guerreros Unidos cartel murdered the students and cremated the remains at the dump in Cocula in an enormous fire that burned for hours.