Police find more than 50 bags of human remains after locals spotted a dog running through town with a severed human hand in its mouth (photos)

53 buried bags containing human remains have been discovered after a dog was seen racing through a Mexican hamlet carrying a severed hand in its mouth.

According to a report by Agence French-Presse, the decomposing bodies were discovered in late October during a festival called El Cervantino in Guanajato, a state decimated by drug cartel murders.

After spotting the dog holding the exhumed hand, people flocked to the graveyard in the town of Irapuato and began searching for clues about their departed loved ones.

Police find more than 50 bags of human remains after locals spotted a dog running through town with a severed human hand in its mouth (photos)


“While people from all over the world were celebrating the Cervantino festival, we were digging up bodies, and at the same time I thought it was useless because they were burying more people elsewhere,” Bibiana Mendoza, one of the searchers, told the news agency.

Police find more than 50 bags of human remains after locals spotted a dog running through town with a severed human hand in its mouth (photos)


Mendoza is an organizer of a group searching for an untold number of people missing amid widespread cartel violence – including her brother, according to AFP.

Police find more than 50 bags of human remains after locals spotted a dog running through town with a severed human hand in its mouth (photos)

Guanajato is considered Mexico’s most violent state – with 2,400 people murdered this year through September while 3,000 more have vanished, according to the report.

Police find more than 50 bags of human remains after locals spotted a dog running through town with a severed human hand in its mouth (photos)


A turf war between the Jalisco New Generation and Santa Rosa de Lima cartels is at the heart of the violence in the state, which remains a tourist destination and industry hub, AFP reported.


Cartel gunmen have killed numerous people in restaurants and bars in recent months, including an October massacre in Irapuato that left 12 dead. 


Weeks later, Santa Rosa de Lima gunmen killed nine people including restaurant workers in a bar in Apaseo el Alto within the state.


The notorious Jalisco cartel is led by Nemesio Oseguera aka “El Mencho,” who is a wanted international fugitive.

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