Published November 17, 2014
Mexican forensic investigators said Sunday they have identified three of the 183 bodies found in mass graves in Tamaulipas and returned their remains to family members.
The federal prosecutors office said two men were from the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala and another was from Guanajuato.
Their bodies were among the 120 cadavers transported to Mexico City after mass graves holding 183 bodies were unearthed in San Fernando, Tamaulipas, over the past month.
Forensic investigators have been taking DNA samples from people who believe their missing family members may be among the dead, part of a federal investigation that began April 2. It takes three to four weeks to produce results from DNA tests, according to the prosecutors office.
Many victims are believed to have been migrants headed to the United States who fell prey to the Zetas drug gang. The northeastern state of Tamaulipas borders Texas.
In Durango, soldiers on Saturday found nine plastic bags and a bin stuffed with scorched bones.
And at least 11 people were killed in separate incidents over the weekend in the port city of Acapulco, a popular tourist destination that has in recent months been wracked by drug violence. Those killed included a 17-year-old boy, two women aged 52 and 25 and a man whose body was cut into 13 pieces.