Mexican authorities have found 69 bodies buried in several hidden tombs in the country’s west, the Colima State Prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.
Mexican authorities were working on identifying the bodies, the office wrote on Twitter.
According to local media, the bodies were found in some 50 graves in the Tecoman municipality, on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
Authorities initailly found 19 bodies in 11 secret graves in the area. Prosecutors said that the search for more bodies continues.
The small state of Colima has seen violence in recent years.
In 2018, the state recorded Mexico’s highest homicide rate, with approximately 87.5 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.
Tecoman, which is some 65 kilometres down the coast from the port of Manzanillo, is a strategic hub for drug trafficking.
Mexico has been through a violent year. According to official figures, around 33,300 people were killed in the Latin American country in 2018 – 15.5 per cent more than in the previous year. In addition, some 40,000 people are missing.