At least 19 bodies have been found in an area near the U.S. border in Mikodiko, the state prosecutor’s office said.
On Saturday, police found two burnt vehicles containing human remains on a local road near the town of Carmago. Initial investigations revealed that the victims had been shot, then their bodies burned. Because no shots were fired at the scene, police said the victims may have been killed at a different location.
A source in the prosecutor’s office said the autopsy was ongoing, but his condition would complicate identification. Carmago, with a population of about 15,000, is adjacent to the US state of Texas and is close to the Mexican state of Nuevo Leونn. Nuevo Leونn officials are cooperating with the Timolipas prosecutor’s office. The region sees frequent clashes between the Norist Cartel, which is the Neo-Lyon, and the Gulf Cartel, which has been active in Tamulipas for decades. In January 2019, 24 bodies were found in the neighboring town of Miguel Alliman, of which 15 were mutilated. In Mexico, there were 34,523 homicides in 2020, a slight drop from the 2019 figure, the highest since the official rise. Cartel-related violence has ravaged Mexico since 2006, with more than 300,000 killed.