The remains of at least 16 people have been found in clandestine graves in a central Mexico and experts believe the may have been shot dead.
Prosecutors specialised in dealing with human rights abuses in the country revealed the find, saying they were located in the community of Matanzas, in the municipality of Moctezuma, in the north central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi.
Pablo Alvarado Silva, head of the prosecution, reported that DNA samples of the remains have been taken in the hope of identifying the victims.
Local media reported that the discovery of the graves in Moctezuma was made thanks to the cooperation of 35 people, among them members of the State Commission of People Search, the staff of the general prosecution of the state and organisations of missing people.
It is said that ballistic evidence was also gathered at the site without specifying what this was but leading his suspicion that some of the victims were shot.
Police found in the village of Los Rodriguez, in the municipality of Soledad de Gracianno Sanchez, also in San Luis Potosi state, three kilogrammes (6.6 lbs) of bones fragments. It was done during search works done between 17th and 21st February, according to prosecutors.
Federico Garza Herrera, the prosecutor of the state, informed that the works were done thanks to the cooperation of archaeologists, criminal experts, and the commission of People Search among other associations of missing people.
Silva explained that so far there is no information regarding the identities of the victims nor is there any indication of how many bodies the remains will eventually represent.
Provisionally however they say at least 16 bodies appear to have been buried.
Local media reported that this part of the country has strong connections with criminal gangs going back many years.
The investigation is ongoing.
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