By Chris Covert
A total of five individuals were found shot to death in separate shootings in the southern municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo Friday according to Mexican press reports.
According to a press account which appeared in the online edition of El Diario de Juarez news daily late Saturday night, Chihuahua state Policia Ministerial agents were dispatched by an anonymous phone call to a location near the village of Yerbitas along the Parral-Guadalupe y Calvo highway where the dead body of Alicia Selena Madrigal Escarcega, 21, was found. The victim had been decapitated as well as shot.
According to the report, armed suspects armed with AK-47 rifles had kidnapped Sra. Madrigal Escarcega from her home. Investigating police were sent to another location near Yerbitas where two more shooting victims were found.
The victims were identified as Aurelio Castillo Vega, 49, and Francisco Valencia Lazos, 48, and they were found in roughly the same location as Madrigal Escarcega. At the scene several spent cartridge casings for AK-47 and AR-15 rifles were found, as well as a number of unspent rounds, probably misfires.
The two victims had also been kidnapped Friday night, according to information provided by the victims' families.
A fourth victim was also found in Yerbitas itself, Morelia Cuevas Silvia Morales, 17. The victim had been shot in the head.
The fifth victim in his 40s has not been identified, and was also found in Yerbitas shot several times with an AK-47 rifle.
A late Saturday night report posted on the website of La Jornada news daily reported that a total of 15 dead had been found shot to death in Guadalupe y Calvo municipality.
The report said that local residents in the village of El Ocote had found the dead, but the southern delegate for the Chihuahua state Fiscalia General del Estado (FGE) or attorney general had investigated the report and found no bodies.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and Borderlandbeat.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.