Approximately 53 bags of human remains have been uncovered at a makeshift grave site in the town of Irapuato after locals reported seeing a dog with a human hand in its mouth and ostensibly, it’s not the first time that’s happened.
It has taken since late October for authorities in Mexico to exhume the remains, according to Fox News.
Irapuato is in Guanajuato, which has the horrific distinction of having the highest murder rate in any of Mexico’s 32 states. It has had more than 2,400 murders from January to September in 2022 alone. Nearly 3,000 more people disappeared in the same time period. The violence is part of a years-long war between the Jalisco cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel.
Bibiana Mendoza, 32, told Agence France-Presse in an interview that she traveled to Irapuato looking for her brother who has been missing since October after she heard reports about a dog carrying around a human hand.
“While people from all over the world were celebrating the Cervantino festival, we were digging up bodies, and at the same time I thought it was useless because they were burying more people elsewhere,” Mendoza stated.
“Seeing bodies lying in the streets with messages is something new for us. I hate hearing the (state) governor say that he is going to deliver a safer Guanajuato. I hate hearing the president (Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador) say that what is happening is not his fault,” she remarked, according to Times Now News.
Mendoza has founded a women’s organization that searches for missing persons. She is working with forensic experts to identify the human remains that were found in the 53 bags. It’s not an easy or quick task and requires a strong stomach.
Guanajuato is a state located in central Mexico. It has been ground zero in recent months for violent confrontations between the cartels and law enforcement. Sunday, a number of cartel members were killed after they attacked a police station in Celaya, which is about 40 miles east of where the human remains were found.
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On Nov. 9, nine people were killed in a shootout at a bar in Apaseo el Alto, Guanajuato in the ongoing violence.
Around 300 victims of gang violence have been found dead in recent months in Guanajuato, which is an industrial hub home to factories of foreign auto giants, according to NDTV.
The violence is wide-ranging. Much of it has to do with drug trafficking, but the cartels are also at war with one another over the theft of fuel.
The area is an important corridor along drug smuggling routes between Pacific ports and the United States, according to security experts. In Guanajuato, five massacres have left 50 people dead in the past five months, according to residents there who spoke with Times Now News.
“Gang violence, often associated with the theft of petroleum and natural gas from the state oil company and other suppliers, occurs in Guanajuato, primarily in the south and central areas of the state,” the US Department of State noted in a travel advisory in October. “Of particular concern is the high number of murders in the southern region of the state associated with cartel-related violence.”
Other instances of dogs walking around with body parts in Mexico are almost commonplace.
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Police in the southern state of Oaxaca reported that they responded to a call about “a black dog that carried in its mouth a human arm.” It was the third time in the last month that dogs have been seen in Mexico lugging around human body parts, according to CBS News.
State prosecutors reported that the discovery led them to find other parts of a dismembered body in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Oaxaca city.
In late October, residents of a town in the north-central state of Zacatecas also saw a dog running down the street with a human head in its mouth. Police eventually were able to get it away from the dog according to CBS News.
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Only in Mexico: Dog Runs Away With a Human Head
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Happened in Zacatecas Mexico.
At first it seemed like a Halloween joke, but it turned out to be a real human head. pic.twitter.com/Xy1i6vUYkC
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The head and other body parts had been left in an automatic teller booth in the town of Monte Escobedo, Zacatecas, alongside a message referring to a drug cartel.
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