- Police found a mass grave filled with dozens of women’s bodies.
- They are believed to be the victims of a network of violent sex and murders.
- The discovery was made in the backyard of a former police officer in El Salvador.
Women’s bodies found: Police discovered a mass grave with more than a dozen women’s bodies, believed to be victims of a network of violent sex and murders, in the backyard of a former police officer in El Salvador.
Police made the shocking discovery this week while investigating the man, identified as Hugo Ernesto Osorio Chávez, for the double murder of a 57-year-old woman and her 26-year-old daughter, a crime that the former police officer apparently admitted to, local sources reported.
They find more than 10 bodies of women buried in a former police yard
When the police entered the backyard of Chávez, who lived in a town called Chalchuapa, about 50 miles from the capital, San Salvador, they noticed that the ground appeared uneven and soft. Researchers soon discovered eight wells filled with what they believe could be at least a dozen bodies each, the outlet reported.
“In the case of Chalchuapa, 14 bodies have already been identified, separated in the excavations,” Villatoro said in statements to journalists after participating in a national television talk show. It is speculated that there would be more than 20 bodies in place, but the authorities have not confirmed it, reported AP.
With a criminal record
Villatoro explained that, in a work coordinated with the state Institute of Legal Medicine, “the bodies will be extracted and the normal recomposition that is done when faced with skeletons will be carried out, and DNA tests will be taken from the families of the area and that they are looking for their relatives ”.
Chávez, 51, has a criminal record that includes allegations of sex crimes. He was expelled from the force in 2005 after admitting to being a sexual predator, who found women on social media and lured them with the promise of the “American dream,” police officers told reporters.
Ten other people have been arrested
Chávez is not the only one arrested in this case. Ten other people have been arrested in what police believe was a sex and murder ring that left women, and possibly some young men, dead in El Salvador.
“This psychopath has been detained and I believe that 99 percent of the people who assisted him have been detained,” Police Chief Mauricio Arriaza Chicas told the press. New York Post, this Friday.
Relatives of the disappeared seek to identify bodies
Graciela Sagastume, prosecutor in charge of the investigation, said that “the central axis of the investigation is sexual violence.” None of the suspects in custody have explained what was behind the makeshift cemetery, which is believed to be at least two years old or older.
On Friday, people with missing relatives gathered at Chávez’s home, holding photos of their loved ones and hoping to identify one of the bodies. Police have already exhumed at least two dozen bodies and it is suspected that there could be more.
Jobs will take a month
They estimate it could take a month to dig them all up. The house is located in an isolated area and close to a large sugarcane crop, according to Efe. The authorities do not allow the press or the curious to approach.
Authorities in El Salvador have said the bodies of two men are in a grave about three meters deep, but they have not yet been recovered. These bodies belong to Alexis Palomo Lima, son and brother of the victims; and Osorio Chávez’s brother, who allegedly was involved in illegally bringing people to the United States.
‘Hunted’ victims through social media
“The relationship with Hugo Osorio is obvious, since, in his residence, it is practically where these people were buried,” Gabriela Sagastume told the Prosecutor. The Director General of the Police, Commissioner Mauricio Arriaza Chicas, confirmed that Osorio Chávez was separated from the institution in 2005 and believes that the subject had been committing the murders for about 10 years.
Arriaza revealed that during the interrogation, Osorio Chávez “told us that he had identified the victims through social networks and was looking for a way to approach and even make them see the American dream.” See full video here.
“This psychopath is already under arrest and the people who collaborated with him I think 99% are already under arrest,” added the police chief. Arriaza Chicas said that the investigations of the case are complicated because the victims were taken to Osorio Chávez’s house, so the neighbors did not realize what was happening.
For his part, Minister Villatoro pointed out that due to the depth in which the bodies of the victims have been located, “it is suspected that the murders are not the work of a single person,” according to AP.
Osorio Chávez is still in preventive detention
The Justice of the Peace of Chalchuapa, Santa Ana, will determine if Osorio Chávez is still in preventive detention, as requested by the Attorney General’s Office; or if they grant him freedom, but complying with measures that replace detention, the newspaper reported The Savior.
Israel Ticas, one of the most renowned forensics in the country and who works for the Prosecutor’s Office, has pointed out on different occasions that if a person spends more than eight days missing there is a high probability that they have been murdered and buried in a clandestine cemetery, EFE reviewed.
Suspected serial killer used saw and other utensils to dismember victims
More details about the alleged serial killer that shocked Mexico emerged on Friday. The ex-mexican butcher The seemingly affable 72-year-old tore a woman in the basement of her home and is suspected of murdering many more with the same coolness.
The suspect has been described by the AP as stocky and short. The authorities identified him only as “Andrés”, in accordance with Mexican laws that protect the identity of the suspects. He was ordered on Thursday for the murder of a 34-year-old woman whose corpse he allegedly dismembered with a butcher saw and other utensils on May 14.
Collection of articles from his alleged victims give him away
According to the AP, leaked photos from the scene showed the horrifying scene. Photos of the suspect arm in arm with other members of a local neighborhood political group also came to light. He was elected as a neighborhood representative years ago, and apparently he had the affability for it.
Not only were a pair of feet carefully cut off at the ankle and an arm that had had muscles severed at the scene; also the identification cards of other possible victims among the piles of items accumulated by the suspect. Read the full news here.
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