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Mexico mass grave yields total of 42 bodies

Posted: 1:17 PM, Oct 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-29 16:18:37-04
A total of 42 bodies and skeletons have been pulled from a clandestine burial pit in the desert near the Gulf of California beach town of Puerto Penasco.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A total of 42 bodies and skeletons have been pulled from a clandestine burial pit in the desert near the Gulf of California beach town of Puerto Penasco.

The Sonora state prosecutor's office says the pit yielded a dozen bodies last week, but continued digging over the weekend found another 30 sets of remains, almost all complete skeletons. Two may be women.

Only two of the bodies had decomposing flesh on them.

The clandestine burial pit was originally located by groups of volunteers known as the Searching Mothers of Sonora and the Searchers of Puerto Penasco.

The groups are made up of relatives of missing people who investigate reports of clandestine burial sites.

Puerto Penasco is often known to tourists as Rocky Point. The Gulf of California is also known as the Sea of Cortez.