Investigators found at least 26 badly decomposed bodies in a car park in the northern Mexico state of Durango on Wednesday and said they were looking for more. The grisly discovery came just days after police found 10 complete bodies, three headless bodies and four severed heads in a pit in Durango, a state that has become a battleground between drug cartels.
Acting on information that there were skeletal remains at the car park, state and federal authorities launched a joint operation to search the area in the state capital, also known as Durango.
The search uncovered at least 26 bodies, but they were too badly decomposed to immediately identify them or their cause of death, the Durango state prosecutor's office said in a statement.
Prosecutors have not commented on whether the bodies were found in multiple-burial pits, like 145 bodies that have been pulled from mass graves in the border state of Tamaulipas.
While Mexican drug cartels frequently use such pits to dispose of the remains of executed rivals, many of those buried in the Tamaulipas mass graves are believed to have been passengers kidnapped from passing buses.
In Tamaulipas on Wednesday, authorities reported they had rescued 68 people, including 12 Central American migrants, allegedly kidnapped by a drug cartel.
Some were allegedly pulled off buses or abducted from bus stations by the Gulf cartel.
Previous mass kidnap-killings in the area have been blamed on the Gulf's main rivals, the Zetas.
While Mexico's drug cartels have been known to kidnap migrants to demand ransom from their relatives, authorities believe the Zetas may have staged some kidnappings as part of forced-recruitment efforts.
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