Vultures Help Uncover Mass Grave in Mexico
31 bodies, some decapitated, found in Veracruz
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2014 8:24 AM CDT
People hold portraits of their missing loved ones in front of the morgue of Cosamaloapan, after a mass grave was recently discovered, in Veracruz , Mexico, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.   (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)

(Newser) – Some 31 bodies have been found in a mass grave in Veracruz, Mexico, thanks in part to some hungry vultures. A local newspaper notes, per the AP, the grave was uncovered Monday on a ranch outside Tres Valles after marines spotted vultures on a dirt road. The BBC reports an anonymous call came from a farm and quotes a military official who says the bodies of 24 men and seven women were found. Officials, who initially noted 28 victims, warned the number could rise as investigators are still excavating the grave in an area known for drug cartel violence and attacks on migrants.

Though the victims' identities and cause of deaths haven't been released, the AFP points to gruesome killings. Eleven bodies were decapitated and several were missing hands, feet, ears, and fingers, a state police official said. Those with missing friends or family members have begun arriving at a local morgue to see if their loved ones are among the victims. Some bodies, exhumed over the past two days, had been in the ground more than a month. Veracruz has seen years of fighting between the Zetas drug cartel and its rivals and the AP notes that the bodies of 72 migrants killed by Zetas were discovered in a mass grave in 2010.

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MattB
Jun 19, 2014 10:30 AM CDT
Those pictures will not help with the state the bodies are in.
HMunster
Jun 19, 2014 10:03 AM CDT
"Vultures Help Uncover Mass Grave in Mexico" The Kardashians found a mass grave in Mexico?
tran_tor
Jun 19, 2014 8:56 AM CDT
As an aside: Mexico has had centuries of mass murder as part of their cultural identity http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/Maya/p/The-Ancient-Maya-And-Human-Sacrifice.htm as well as celebrating their dead http://latinamericanhistory.about.com/od/Maya/p/The-Ancient-Maya-And-Human-Sacrifice.htm As such I can see why death, even murder, wouldn't be viewed the same as it is in the US. It is a completely foreign concept to me personally, but perhaps this is a contributing factor in, what I see as a horrible crisis which is plaguing their country?