Friday, April 8, 2011
Mexican authorities said they've found human remains in Tijuana, tied to a man called the "Stew Maker," who allegedly dissolved more than 300 people in acid.
The discovery was made on land in eastern Tijuana. Authorities said they found bone fragments and teeth on one of the lots where Santiago Meza, known as "el Pozolero," said he liquified bodies in lye.
Mexican authorities arrested Meza more than two years ago. Meza confessed that the hundreds of bodies he dissolved were people that Tijuana drug-gang bosses had murdered. Meza 's job was to help get rid of the evidence. Though, the fragments investigators discovered may be Meza's leftovers.
The find gave hope to the families of people searching for disappeared relatives. Authorities expect to have DNA results in about six weeks.
A citizens group in Tijuana, that advocates for the families of people who have vanished, and has created a database documenting hundreds of cases, urges anyone missing a loved one to come forward.
Meanwhile, the investigative team working to exhume remains in Tijuana had to leave suddenly to attend to a mass grave in the border state of Tamaulipas, south of Brownsville, Texas.
Authorities say they've found more than 70 bodies there.
It is expected that the investigative team will return to Tijuana in May, to resume the search for human remains on land "el Pozolero" said he used.