Mexican researchers exhumed 53 bags of human remains after spotting a dog holding a human hand

About 53 bags of human remains have been recovered since late October from a makeshift grave site in the Mexican town of Irapuato, an excavation that began after locals reported seeing a walking dog with a human hand in its mouth.

Irapuato is located in Guanajuato, which has the highest murder rate of any of Mexico’s 32 states. The violence is mostly due to a years-long war between the Jalisco Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel.

Bibiana Mendoza, 32, told AFP she came to Irapuato looking for her brother after hearing reports of the dog carrying a human hand.

“While people from all over the world were celebrating the Cervantino Festival, we were taking out the bodies, and at the same time I thought it was pointless because they were burying more people in other places,” Mendoza told the newspaper.

Members of “Hasta Encontrarte” (“Until We Find You”) collectively search for missing relatives in a secret cemetery in the neighborhood of Santa Fe Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on November 10, 2022.
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The group uncovered 53 bags of human remains in the cemetery.

The group uncovered 53 bags of human remains in the cemetery.
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Mendoza, who founded a women’s organization that searches for missing persons, is working with forensic experts to identify the human remains found in the 53 bags.

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The state of Guanajuato, located in central Mexico, has witnessed violent clashes between cartels and law enforcement authorities in recent months. On Sunday, several cartel members were killed after they attacked a police station in Celaya, a city about 40 miles east of Irapuato, where human remains were found.

Police officers protect members "Until I find you" ("Until we find you") a group while searching for missing relatives in a secret cemetery in the neighborhood of Santa Fe Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on November 10, 2022.

Police officers protect members of the “Hasta Encontrarte” (“Until We Find You”) group while searching for missing relatives in a secret cemetery in the neighborhood of Santa Fe Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on November 10, 2022.
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On November 9, a shooting at a bar in Apacio El Alto, Guanajuato, left nine people dead.

In addition to the violence stemming from drug trafficking, the cartels are also at war with each other over fuel theft.

Mexican police stand at the site of the cemetery.

Mexican police stand at the site of the cemetery.
(Claudio Cruz/AFP via Getty Images)

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“Gang violence, often associated with theft of petroleum and natural gas from the state oil company and other suppliers, occurs in Guanajuato, primarily in the southern and central regions of the state,” the US State Department wrote in a recent travel alert. Month. Of particular concern is the high number of homicides in the southern region of the state linked to cartel-related violence.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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