Over 50 bags of human remains were found buried in the ground after a dog was seen running through Mexico carrying a severed human hand in its mouth.
The discovery was made in Guanajuato, a violent Mexican state affected by drug cartels, during the El Cervantino festival in late October.
After seeing the dog carrying the hand, people hurried to the gravesite in the town of Irapuato. They started searching for clues about their missing loved ones as they could still hear the festival celebrations nearby.
"While people from all over the world were celebrating the Cervantino festival, we were digging up bodies, and at the same time I thought it was useless because they were burying more people elsewhere," searcher Bibiana Mendoza told Agence French-Presse.
As the state deals with widespread cartel violence, Mendoza is the leader of a group looking for an unspecified number of missing individuals, including her brother.
The most violent state in Mexico is thought to be Guanajuato. As of September, there had been about 2,400 homicides and 3,000 reported missing persons.
Nemesio Oseguera, also known as "El Mencho," is the leader of the Jalisco cartel and a wanted man internationally.
Late last month, a dog was spotted in Zacatecas, Mexico, carrying a severed human head. Later, a message mentioning a drug cartel was discovered next to the incident's remaining body parts. Additionally, drug cartel-fueled violent crime is rife in Zacatecas.