February 11, 2014
A total of 21 unidentified individuals were found dead in a number of hidden graves in the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero, according to Mexican news accounts.
A news report which appeared in the online edition of Animal Politico said that 21 bodies were recovered in Taxco de Alarcon municipality since Saturday night. A Mexican army unit received an anonymous tip about the mass grave, which was said to be near location called Puente Campuzano.
According to the report, the Associated Press originally reported Monday that 12 bodies were found Monday, nine men and three women, but later reports now say that the total is 21.
The Mexican news daily Reforma quoted Guerrero Procuraduría General de Justicia del Estado (PGJE) or attorney general spokesman, Iñaki Blanco, saying that some of the bobies were bone fragments, and that at least one municipal police agent’s uniform was found. The mass grave includes at east two pits, or fosas.
A news account published last week said that a separate grave was found near Cajelitos 10 days ago, presumably in the municipality of Chilipancingo — the state capital of Guerrero — containing three men and two women. That grave has yet to be confirmed by official sources.
Taxco de Alarcon was the location in June of 2010 where 77 dead were found in a mining pit. At the time, then Guerrero governor Zeferino Torreblanca Galindo said the find was an example of the scope of the drug trafficking problem and an example of the cruelty of narcotraffickers.