Monday, August 29, 2011

Mexico: Remains of 12 found in 2 spots in north

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Mexican police have discovered seven bodies buried together in a mountain town in northern Mexico and also exhumed five skulls in cotton fields near the border city of Ciudad Juarez.

The bodies of six men and a woman were found in the town of Guachochi over the weekend. Authorities say most had been strangled sometime this month, while one was shot in the head. All the victims had their hands tied behind their back.

Officials said Monday that all seven had gone missing earlier this month.

Outside Juarez, which sits across the border from El Paso, Texas, experts are still excavating in a farm area where the five skulls were uncovered.

Finding bodies in mass graves has been common in Mexico's five-year drug war.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

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