A young mum and her three-year-old boy who had been missing for months were found dead inside a mass grave among three other victims who had disappeared on the same day.
The grave was found by coffee farmers in Xalapa, Mexico, on 7th November. However, it was not until a week later, on 14th November, that the Attorney General’s Office (FGE) disclosed the discovery.
Inside the grave, police discovered the bodies of two men, two women and a child. All of the remains had been placed inside garbage bags.
Authorities identified two of them as 21-year-old Marilu Galicia Hernandez and her young son, Jadiel David Garcia Galicia, who had disappeared in the same area where their remains were found.
The other two victims were identified as Jorge Hernandez Tapia and Emmanuel Rodriguez de la Rosa.
The fifth and final victim was named as 34-year-old Beatriz Garcia Hernandez.
All the victims had gone missing on the same day as Marilu and her son.
Authorities are trying to determine how they were all killed and whether all the victims have any type of relationship because it is estimated that their murders took place on the same date, as they all mysteriously vanished on 16th August.
Police did not say if any arrests have been made or if they have identified any suspects.
According to data from the National Commission for the Search for Missing Persons (CNB), Mexican authorities recorded 5,698 mass graves nationwide from January 2007 to April 2023. During this period, over 110,000 people were reported missing, and more than 30,000 were killed annually.
So far, the states with the most mass graves are Veracruz, Tamaulipas, and Guerrero, which account for more than half of the graves found nationwide.
The investigation is ongoing.