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Armed men threaten people searching for clandestine burials

Posted at 2:24 PM, Nov 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 17:32:57-05

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican state officials say armed men threatened volunteer searchers who found dozens of bodies in clandestine burial pits near the Gulf of California resort of Puerto Peñasco.

The Sonora state prosecutor's office says the "Searching Mothers of Sonora" group detected a clandestine burial pit over the weekend and was waiting for investigators when a group of armed men drove up and told them to get out.

The office said Sunday that excavations at the site were then carried out with police protection.

Investigators found four complete skeletons at the site.

In October, the same searchers found a total of 42 bodies and skeletons in clandestine pits near Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point.

Drug and kidnapping gangs use such pits to dispose of the bodies of victims or rivals.