Three dismembered bodies and assorted body parts were found at a ranch in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon, the State Investigations Agency, or AEI, said.
The ranch was apparently used by drug traffickers to “cook” the remains of slain rivals, the AEI said.
Authorities went to the abandoned ranch, located on a trail that leads to the Comunidad Chihuahuitas district of the city of Cadereyta, after receiving an anonymous tip about a burned body, the AEI said.
Army troops, Attorney General’s Office investigators and AEI agents went to the ranch to check out the tip and discovered three torsos in a well.
Investigators also found an ax and fuel-filled barrels that were apparently used to burn human bodies, officials said.
Other human body parts were found at the ranch, but investigators have not determined whether they came from the three dismembered bodies or from other victims.
“There is information to confirm that we are dealing with several bodies,” state security council spokesman Jorge Domene said.
AEI investigators are working to determine whether a mass grave found at the ranch contains more than the five bodies originally estimated, Domene said.
The AG’s office investigators plan to use heavy machinery in the search for more human remains.
More than 50 people, including an oil workers union leader and 37 employees of state-owned oil giant Pemex, have been reported missing in the past four years in Cadereyta, where drug traffickers operate.