VERACRUZ, Mexico – A new clandestine grave with more than 166 skulls and other human remains was found in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, the state’s attorney general said Thursday.
Jorge Winckler told reporters that efforts to examine the 300-sq-m grave (more than 3,200 sq ft) began one month ago, though he refrained from providing its location.
However, Solecito, an organization dedicated to the search for missing people, announced a couple of weeks ago that it had received information about a mass grave found near the port city of Veracruz.
Two years ago, Solecito discovered 299 bodies in another clandestine grave in the port city.
Winckler said authorities had found 166 skulls and other skeletal remains that appear to have been buried for two years.
More than 200 articles of clothing and 114 personal identifications were also found.
The attorney general said that authorities will present next week a photo inventory of the objects and remains that were found to Solecito and other groups dedicated to the search for missing people.
“We urge every person who has a missing family member and who hasn’t already presented a report to contact the State Attorney General’s Office so that samples can be taken to create genetic profiles,” Winckler said.
The official also said that he had requested the assistance of the Science Division of the Federal Police to identify the remains.
During the last decade, the state of Veracruz has been engulfed in a war among drug cartels and between the criminals and law enforcement, which has left on average some 1,000 people dead each year.
From 2010-2017, authorities and organizations dedicated to the search for missing people found 343 mass graves containing a total of 225 bodies, 335 skulls and more than 30,600 other skeletal fragments.