Police find over 50 bags of human remains after locals saw dog with severed human hand in mouth 

Police find more than 50 bags of human remains after locals spotted a dog running through town with a severed human hand in its mouth

  • Discoveries were made after exhumation of makeshift graveyard in Guanajuato
  • Region known as Mexico’s most violent state, with frequent violent cartel crimes
  • Group of residents searching for lost relatives among those uncovering remains 

Police in Mexico have uncovered 53 bags of human remains in a makeshift graveyard after a dog was seen running through the streets with a severed human hand in its mouth.

The gruesome discoveries were made gradually after exhumation of the site began in October following the sighting of the dog in the town of Irapuato in Guanajuato state, known for its cartel violence.

Since late October, residents working alongside a group of forensic experts have exhumed 53 bags of remains that authorities are trying to identify.

Members of the 'Hasta Encontrarte' ('Until we find you') collective search for missing relatives in a clandestine grave at the Santa Fe neighbourhood of Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on November 10, 2022

Members of the ‘Hasta Encontrarte’ (‘Until we find you’) collective search for missing relatives in a clandestine grave at the Santa Fe neighbourhood of Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on November 10, 2022

Members of the ‘Hasta Encontrarte’ (‘Until we find you’) collective search for missing relatives in a clandestine grave at the Santa Fe neighbourhood of Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on November 10, 2022

The group of residents calls itself ‘Hasta Encontrarte’, (Until We Find You) and is made up of local volunteers including people who have missing relatives and are hoping to find answers.

The sighting of the dog came as another dog was seen some 150 miles away in Zacatecas state with a severed human head in its mouth that it had taken from a crime scene, also in October.

The head was left on a cardboard placard with a message apparently signed by the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), one of the most feared cartels in the world.

The message named an adversary belonging to the opposing Operativo MZ cartel and read: ‘The next head is yours.’

Before police were able to establish the crime scene and investigate the killing, the stray dog made off with the corpse’s head. 

The CJNG also operate in Guanajuato, with most crime in the region the product of a fierce turf war between them and the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel.

Guanajuato is an important corridor along drug smuggling routes between Pacific ports and the United States, according to security expert David Saucedo

‘It’s part of the fentanyl and cocaine routes,’ he said.

The gangs finance their war with local drug sales and battle for control of nightlife venues, Saucedo added.

Nine out of 10 murders in the state are related to drug dealing, according to Guanajuato security official Sophia Huett.

Although the state authorities carry out arrests, it will not be enough if the cartels are not tackled at the national level, she said.

In Guanajuato, around 300 victims of gang violence have been found dead in similar circumstances in recent months in Guanajuato, an industrial hub home to factories of foreign auto giants.

Cartel turf wars have given Guanajuato the unenviable title of Mexico’s most violent state, with more than 2,400 murders from January to September of this year — almost 10 percent of the national total.

Nearly 3,000 more people disappeared in the same period.

Members of the "Hasta Encontrarte" ("Until we find you") collective search for missing relatives in a clandestine grave at the Santa Fe neighbourhood of Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on November 10, 2022

Members of the ‘Hasta Encontrarte’ (‘Until we find you’) collective search for missing relatives in a clandestine grave at the Santa Fe neighbourhood of Irapuato, Guanajuato state, Mexico, on November 10, 2022

Despite the bloodshed, the once-peaceful state, home to 6.1 million people, is a major tourist destination, though the violence mostly happens out of sight of the tourist trail.

On November 9, nine people were massacred in a bar in Apaseo el Alto, just over an hour away from Irapuato.

Apart from some blood stains on the sidewalk and discarded security tape, life in the municipality continued afterward as if nothing had happened.

Images in the local press showed bodies piled up in pools of blood, broken glass and bottles, and a message from a cartel claiming responsibility for the attack.

Five massacres in Guanajuato have left 50 dead in the past five months, shocking residents who are no strangers to violence.

‘Seeing bodies lying in the streets with messages is something new for us,’ Bibiana Mendoza, a member of the volunteer group, said. 

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