Local authorities announced Saturday the 14th that they had been working to exhume the remains of about 50 people over the last 23 days after a "clandestine grave" was located in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Jalisco prosecutors state that the investigation at a farm in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, outside of Guadalajara, began on November 22nd after the initial discovery of human remains. The investigation concluded on Friday after authorities determined that there was no further evidence to retrieve from the site.
To this point, medical examiners have been able to identify 13 of the recovered bodies; 12 men and 1 woman, all of whom had previously been reported missing. Authorities are working to identify the other remains and establish a cause of death.
Prosecutors stated that the investigation is ongoing and they are attempting to determine “those responsible for this crime which gravely harms society.”
Jalisco is home to the Jalisco New Generation, reportedly one of Mexico's most ruthless and bloodiest drug cartels.
This is not the first time this year that a mass grave has been uncovered in Jalisco. In July 21 bodies were recovered from the yard of a house near Guadalajara. In May, another 34 bodies were recovered between two properties.