Mexican officials found 45 bags of human remains during a search for missing call center workers who were allegedly involved in phone fraud and a real estate scam.
Authorities found the bags in a rural area in the western state of Jalisco.
The Jalisco State Prosecutor's Office said in a statement that officers were searching for seven people who were reported missing last week when they found the remains in a 40-meter deep ravine.
They added that some of the remains seemed to fit with the description of the missing people.
"According to preliminary information, the findings ... in Zapopan coincided with the physical characteristics of some of the young people being searched for," the statement read.
A security minister told reporters on Tuesday that the missing people were allegedly "carrying out some type of real estate fraud and some type of telephone extortion."
Police are still working to find out how many bodies the remains belong to and how the victims perished.
Officials said they had received a tip about the possible presence of human remains at the Mirador del Bosque ravine in Guadalajara, the capital city of Jalisco.
Mexico continues to be plagued by drug cartel violence. There are more than 110,000 people missing in the beleaguered country, according to government statistics.
Jalisco is one of the more crime-ridden regions, with much of the violence being committed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. The JNGC was singled out by the U.S. Department of Justice as particularly vicious.
“CJNG has contributed to a catastrophic trail of human and physical destruction in Mexico,” said Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski in 2020. “It is the most well-armed cartel in Mexico. Its members willingly confront rival cartels and even the security forces of the Mexican government. CJNG is responsible for grisly acts of violence and loss of life.”
Here's a news video about the horrific discovery:
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