VERACRUZ, Mexico – Six bodies bearing signs of torture have been found on a road in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz, police said Thursday.
The entirely nude bodies of four men and two women, whose feet and hands had been tied, were discovered on the Limones-Tenenexpaen highway in the municipality of Manlio Fabio Altamirano.
A message alluding to a confrontation between two rival cartels and the start of a purge of state police with organized-crime links was found at the scene.
The initial investigation indicates the victims include a state police officer and his wife, who were reported missing Saturday after being abducted by an armed group while leaving a party in the port of Veracruz.
The discovery of the bodies comes just hours after a pair of gunmen killed journalist Pedro Tamayo at his home in the town of Tierra Blanca, Veracruz; Tamayo, a crime reporter, had fled the state for security reasons but subsequently returned,
His last published article was a story on the police officer’s disappearance.
Veracruz has been racked since 2007 by gangland violence involving the Zetas, the Gulf cartel and the Jalisco Nueva Generacion mob, which have been battling for control of that region and of drug- and immigrant-smuggling routes.