Three dismembered bodies washed ashore at a popular tourist hotspot in Mexico over the weekend, causing panic among horrified tourists. The gruesome discovery included a corpse tied to a cement anchor by its hands and feet, while another washed up face down in the sand. A third body with a gunshot wound in its head was discovered one mile away on a different beach the following morning.
Each of the tortured bodies surfaced in the Pacific coast town of Acapulco, a favourite city of sunseekers plagued by a high murder rate.
Investigators were seen inspecting a body on Condesa beach on Saturday after two washed up.
The third corpse was found floating close to a military base at nearby Icacos beach on Sunday.
The body had gunshot wounds to the back of the neck, local authorities said.
A police statement from the region of Guerrero (FGE) read: “The FGE is investigating the murders carried out in the port of Acapulco.
“State prosecutors have opened an investigation file for those responsible, for the crimes of murder by firearm, for attacking two men and for murder, for attacking a man, in events that took place on different beach in the city and the port of Acapulco.”
Acapulco has the fifth highest rate of homicides in the world this year, with 110.50 per 100,000 people. It has a population of 779,566 and 862 homicides have been reported so far.
Over 120 murders were recorded in Acapulco in the first four months of 2022 alone, according to Spanish-language publication El Pais.
In 2021, the US State Department issued a “Do not travel” advisory for Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located, warning American citizens of “widespread” crime and violence.
It said: “Armed groups operate independently of the government in many areas of Guerrero.
“Members of these groups frequently maintain roadblocks and may use violence towards travellers.”
However, in September the Municipal Public Security Secretary, Adrián Olivas Pérez, said crime had decreased compared to the same month in 2021.
In addition, he said his team has a map of the hotspots in the city and they have identified the perpetrators.