Mexican authorities on Monday, January 13th found a mass grave containing at least 29 bodies on a property outside Mexico's western city of Guadalajara, AFP reported citing local sources on Tuesday, January 14th.
Four of the dead have been partially identified and correspond to open missing persons' investigations, according to the local prosecutor's office. Authorities will continue to search the grave, which is about 80 feet (25 meters) by 155 feet.
The mass grave was discovered in Jalisco, a state that suffers chronic violence linked to organized crime, and where authorities have found a total of 80 bodies since November.
The grave is located about 260 feet away from another mass grave, where at least 50 bodies were discovered in December.
The location of the graves was identified after the National Guard took control in November of a warehouse in the municipality of Tlaquepaque, where they rescued eight people who had been kidnapped. They seized weapons and arrested 15 criminals.
On September 3rd, 34 bodies were unearthed from a mass grave in a suburb of Guadalajara, while another grave was found nearby with the remains of 30 people in May.
According to state authorities, about 2,500 murders took place between January and November in Jalisco, where the powerful Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartel is based.