By Amy Guthrie an Jose de Cordoba / Wall Street Journal
Mexican police found at least 60 bodies in an abandoned crematorium in the faded resort city of Acapulco after neighbors complained of the stench, officials said on Friday.
The attorney general’s office for Guerrero, the state where Acapulco is located, said in a statement that forensic experts are working to identify the remains and determine the cause of death of the men, women and children, some of whom had been embalmed for cremation.
The facility, Cremaciones Pacífico, closed more than a year ago due to financial troubles, said the attorney general’s office. Pending investigation, owner Guillermo Estua could be charged with crimes such as disrespect for human remains and violating burial norms.
The gruesome discovery immediately raised questions about possible involvement of organized crime groups, given the scale of violence endemic to Guerrero.
“There’s the possibility that some people who were forcibly disappeared have turned up in this facility,” said Dwight Dyer, a Mexico City-based security analyst with Control Risks.