While the Mexican death toll continues to increase daily, the number of corpses discovered on Wednesday in mass graves in Jalisco, Mexico, has climbed to 55 victims, according to U.S. drug enforcement officer, with expertise in Mexican organized crime, Anthony Carmento.
According to Jalisco’s Provincial Attorney General Luis Najera, Mexican law enforcement officers began to excavate graves in the town of LaBarca within his jurisdiction, in early November.
Graves were also discovered in the town of Vista Hermosa located in Michoacan Province, according to Carmento.
At a press briefing on Wednesday in the city of Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco, Najera told reporters that two additional bodies were uncovered just prior to his press conference, but he declined to mention where the corpses were located.
The Mexican federal police (Federales) also uncovered clues at the grave sites that may lead to identifying the killers responsible for the homicides and unlawful burials, Attorney General Najera said.
The mass graves were accidentally discovered during a search for two missing police officers.
According to the attorney general, when Mexican soldiers assisted local, state and federal police departments searching for the two missing officers, who were involved in a federal investigation, they discovered the first mass grave.
According to Carmento, it’s unknown if the two officers were among the bodies dug up by investigators in LaBarca.
The Federal Attorney General’s Office in Mexico City has not yet confirmed the identities of the bodies and nor the motives for the the killings, although it’s common knowledge that most mass graves are connected to the activities of Mexico’s powerful and ruthless drug cartels, according to an Examiner news story.