Mexican Prosecutors confirmed Friday that six of the women who disappeared on March 7, were murdered and burned by an armed gang.
It was one the largest group killings of a women’s group in Mexico in recent years.
The two women vanished earlier this month from a road in the agricultural and industrial state Guanajuato. The women’s relatives hoped they would be found alive, but they were not.
However, Carlos Zamarripa, the state prosecutor, said that experts found skeletal remains almost completely burnt in raids conducted on multiple properties on Thursday. Zamarripa stated that there were “hundreds” of bones found. This suggests that the bones were crushed and scattered by drug cartels.
Zamarripa stated that the six women were taken to Juventino Rosas and later murdered. According to him, the motive behind the murders is still being investigated.
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DNA testing identified five missing women and additional tests were in progress.
He said that the properties also contained nearly two dozen guns, explosives, and thousands of pills. A plastic-wrapped body from a male kidnap victim, was also found at one property.
Zamarripa stated that 14 people were arrested in connection to the killings. At least five suspects were from Tamaulipas’ northern border state, one of which was a Honduran.
Tamaulipas is divided between the Gulf cartel (left) and the Northeast Cartel (right). It was unclear what the other group would do in Guanajuato (which is hundreds of kilometers to the south).
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The authorities had placed search bulletins looking for the six women on March 9 and stated that they had hoped to find them alive for at least a week.
Guanajuato , Mexico’s industrial and agricultural hub, has been Mexico’s most violent state for years. The Jalisco cartel waged a turf war against local gangs including the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel. This is being apparently supported by the larger Sinaloa cartel.