At least 61 bodies found decomposing in crematorium near Mexican resort town

Police uncovered 61 bodies in an abandoned crematorium on Thursday, close the Mexican resort town of Acapulco. The decomposing bodies were fully clothed, wrapped in sheets and sprinkled with lime in an effort to mask their smell, but suspicious neighbors called police, authorities said. It is not clear whether the dead were victims of gang-related crime, or left at the crematorium when it closed.

“We can’t say for now that there is an indication that organized crime participated in this but we can’t rule it out,” Guerrero chief prosecutor Miguel Angel Godinez told the BBC. The dead included one child, Reuters reported.

Acapulco, once known for its glamorous hotels and white-sand beaches, has been ravaged by drug violence in recent years. This, in a country where tens of thousands have been killed in drug violence since former President Felipe Calderon launched a war in 2006 against the cartels that vie for control of parts of Mexico. When he took office two years ago, President Enrique Peña Nieto promised to restore order to the gang-ridden country, but police brutality and corruption have stood in his way.

Mexico is still mourning the deaths of 43 student teachers who were abducted by local police and burned by gang members in a town just over 100 miles from Acapulco, in the biggest crisis to rock Peña Nieto’s administration.

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