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9 bodies found in western Mexico

  • Police investigators examine the site where a military convoy was ambushed using grenades and high-powered guns, killing five soldiers in the city of Culiacan, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Local military commander Gen. Alfonso Duarte said it is very probable that the attack was carried out by the sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)

    Police investigators examine the site where a military convoy was ambushed using grenades and high-powered guns, killing five soldiers in the city of Culiacan, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Local military commander Gen. Alfonso Duarte said it is very probable that the attack was carried out by the sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)  (The Associated Press)

  • Police and army investigators examine the site where a military convoy was ambushed using grenades and high-powered guns, killing five soldiers in the city of Culiacan, Mexico, early Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Local military commander Gen. Alfonso Duarte said it is very probable that the attack was carried out by the sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)

    Police and army investigators examine the site where a military convoy was ambushed using grenades and high-powered guns, killing five soldiers in the city of Culiacan, Mexico, early Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Local military commander Gen. Alfonso Duarte said it is very probable that the attack was carried out by the sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)  (The Associated Press)

  • A solider stand guards next to army uniforms and weapons that were gathered after a military convoy was ambushed using grenades and high-powered guns, killing five soldiers in the city of Culiacan, Mexico, early Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Local military commander Gen. Alfonso Duarte said it is very probable that the attack was carried out by the sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)

    A solider stand guards next to army uniforms and weapons that were gathered after a military convoy was ambushed using grenades and high-powered guns, killing five soldiers in the city of Culiacan, Mexico, early Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Local military commander Gen. Alfonso Duarte said it is very probable that the attack was carried out by the sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AP Photo/Rashide Frias)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities in the western Mexico state of Jalisco say they have found a total of nine bodies near a lake popular with tourists.

Jalisco state Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said Thursday the bodies of eight men and one woman have not yet been identified, in part because of the rural nature of the area.

The bodies have been found over the last few days in a river that leads out of the eastern end of Lake Chapala, near the border with the state of Michoacan. In 2013, 64 bodies were found in mass graves in area nearby.

That is the opposite end of the lake from the town of Chapala, popular among tourists and American retirees.

In 2013, 64 bodies were found in mass graves in area nearby.