MONTERREY (Mexico) - Forty-nine bodies with their heads, hands and feet hacked off were found yesterday dumped on a northern Mexico highway leading to the Texas border in what appeared to be the latest carnage in an escalating war between Mexico's two dominant drug cartels.
Local and federal authorities discovered the bodies before dawn scattered in a pool of blood at the entrance to the town of San Juan, on a highway leading from the metropolis of Monterrey to the border city of Reynosa. A white stone arch welcoming visitors was spray-painted with black letters: "100% Zeta."
Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Jorge Domene said at a news conference that the 43 men and six women would be hard to identify because of the lack of heads, hands and feet. The bodies were being taken to a Monterrey auditorium for DNA tests.
The victims could have been killed as long as two days ago at another location, then transported to San Juan, a town in the municipality of Cadereyta, about 175 kilometers west-southwest of McAllen, Texas, and 125 kilometers southwest of the Roma, Texas, border crossing, state Attorney General Adrian de la Garza said.
Forty nine hacked up bodies? FORTY NINE?!?! And nobody noticed until they piled them up by the side of the highway? I'm writing a tersely worded letter to The Mexico Tourism Council.