(NEW YORK) — The mutilated bodies of 43 men and six women were discovered in plastic bags near the northeastern Mexican city of Monterrey, 110 miles from the U.S. border, the BBC reports.
The bodies were found in Cadereyta municipality at 4:00 local time (5:00 ET), and led officials to close down the highway between Monterrey and the border town of Reynosa. The victims were decapitated and their hands had been cut off, making it difficult to identify them, although the state prosecutor said it was possible they were Central American migrants. Authorities said it appeared the bodies had been killed up to two days ago at a different location and dumped from a truck, says the BBC.
The grisly discovery comes four days after police found the decapitated and dismembered bodies of 18 people in two abandoned vehicles in western Mexico. Four days prior to that, 23 bodies were discovered hanging from a bridge or decapitated in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.
A note left with the bodies said that they had been killed by the Zetas cartel, according to the BBC.
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Paul Cruickshank and Michael Pearson, CNN