At least two Guatemalans among 19 bodies found in northern Mexico

FILE PHOTO: Members of Guatemalan Maya families, who feared their relatives were among 19 bodies found shot and burnt at the weekend in a remote part of northern Mexico along a route popular with migrant smugglers heading towards the U.S. border, arrive at the Faculty of Medicine for DNA samples to help in the identification, in Guatemala City, Guatemala January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - There were at least two Guatemalans among the 19 bodies found earlier this month at the scene of a suspected massacre in northern Mexico, state prosecutors said on Saturday.

The attorney general’s office of the northern border state of Tamaulipas, where the corpses were discovered, said in a statement that investigators had so far genetically identified four of the dead with the aid of their families.

Two were Guatemalans and two were Mexicans, the office said, without giving the names of the people. Some Guatemalan families had said they feared loved ones trying to migrate to the United States were among those killed in Tamaulipas.

Many of the dead that were found in the municipality of Camargo, Tamaulipas had gunshot wounds and were badly charred.

The Tamaulipas authorities said preliminary findings suggested that 16 of the bodies were male, one was female, and two were still unclear because they were so badly burned.

Reporting by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Cynthia Osterman