A bad smell led residents of a Mexican town to a gruesome discovery: 100 bodies in a trailer

A bad smell led residents of a Mexican town to a gruesome discovery: 100 bodies in a trailer
Truck carrying 157 unidentified corpses discovered in Mexico
Residents complained about the smell of a refrigerated truck that contained 157 bodies that was parked near the city of Guadalajara.  (Reuters)

Mexican investigating after residents complained of a foul smell coming from a refrigerated truck reportedly found 157 unidentified bodies in the back of the trailer near the city of Guadalajara.

A truck filled with the rotting bodies of 157 murder victims ended up dumped in a field in Mexico as the country struggles to cope with a record number of murders

Neighbors complaints about the truck caused authorities to change its location a few times. It went from a morgue parking lot to another government-run lot, before it finally wound up in a field behind a housing development. The bodies were stored in the truck due to overcrowding at morgues.

Mexican officials have promised to investigate after a truck filled with 157 bodies ended up dumped in a field as the country struggles with a record murder rate.

State and local authorities have struggled as an unprecedented number of bodies pile up from Mexicos rising tide of violence. Officials recorded 16,339 homicides across Mexico in the first seven months of this year, an increase of 17 percent from the same period of 2017. Morgues in several of the countrys states have run out of room.

Those living in the nearby city of Guadalajara eventually complained about the smell, prompting local officials to launch a probe into how it ended up there.

"This is a demonstration of insensitivity on the part of some public servants," said Roberto Lopez Lara, the Jalisco state interior secretary. He said the truck would be moved back to the morgue and an investigation would be carried out to see who made the decision.

The bodies were piled into the refrigerated truck after morgues in the state of Jalisco filled up, before ending up in a field behind a housing complex

While refrigeration can slow the decomposition of bodies, many of the corpses had been recovered from clandestine graves in the state and are already rotted, officials said.

The bodies were loaded on to the refrigerated lorry in Jalisco state after morgues ran out of space, before it ended up behind a residential building.

Javier Perlasca, an inspector for the state human rights commission, said that "this was a mistake…and it is bothering the neighbors" as well as causing pain for victims families.

"It is time to end these comings and goings that only outrage and hurt people," Perlasca said, adding the bodies should be given a decent burial.

Reuters reported that authorities in Jalisco were working on making a new facility that would hold 700 bodies. The facility was expected to be completed within the next month and a half.

Share The Associated Press Sep 18th 2018 3:48PM MEXICO CITY (AP) — Overcrowding at morgues in Mexicos western state of Jalisco led authorities to store 157 unidentified bodies in a refrigerated truck near the city of Guadalajara, but complaints about the smell prompted an investigation Monday.

Neighbors complaints about the truck caused authorities to change its location several times. It went from a morgue parking lot to another government-run lot, before it finally wound up in a field behind a housing development.

“This is a demonstration of insensitivity on the part of some public servants,” said Roberto Lopez Lara, the Jalisco state interior secretary. He said the truck would be moved back to the morgue and an investigation would be carried out to see who made the decision.


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