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15 bags of human remains found in Zapopan, Jalisco
Found on a vacant lot, the bags appear to contain five or six bodies, all men.
Police in Zapopan, Jalisco have found 15 bags containing human remains on a vacant lot. The discovery occurred before dawn, approx. 3am, on Tuesday on a lot in Mesa de los Ocotes after police received an anonymous tip. Some sources say they were on a routine patrol.
Although the Jalisco Forensic Sciences Institute (IJCF) has not finished analyzing the bags’ contents, Zapopan Mayor Pablo Lemus affirmed that they appear to contain the remains of five people.
Police initially found 9 bags, but six more were discovered after the search perimeter was widened.
Lemus said it was possible that the victims were murdered elsewhere and their remains taken to Zapopan, since it has many abandoned lots on which to hide bodies.
He requested that personnel of the National Guard and the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) patrol the area.
The Jalisco Institute of Forensic Sciences was responsible for moving the bags to its facilities, with the aim of identifying the number of bodies that are in them, a figure that until now is unknown.
The Zapopan Police Station said that there are no homes or businesses nearby, nor public lighting, so there are no eyewitnesses who can provide details to clarify the facts. The bags were taped.
Zapopan has recently been a hotbed of such gruesome discoveries. In September, officials found 138 bags of human remains in one 200-meter search radius.
In an attempt to expedite the identification of the victims, the organization Por Amor a Ellxs (For Love for Them), comprised of families in search of disappeared relatives, has begun sharing descriptions of visible tattoos on the bodies on its social media accounts.
In a separate event, a Zapopan Police unit found the body of a man on a dirt road in Morelos and Prolongación Morelos, in the Santa Ana Tepetitlán neighborhood. The victim was half-naked and had marks of blows, in addition to a bullet impact on his head.