(NYDAILYNEWS) – Mexican authorities said Saturday that 19 burned and shot bodies were found along a dirt road near the U.S. and Mexico border.
The Tamaulipas state prosecutor’s office said the bodies were found outside Camargo, about 160 miles from the border, after residents reported a vehicle on fire. Two burning vehicles were found at the scene: one holding 15 bodies and one holding four.
Investigators said no shells were found at the scene, leading them to believe the people were killed somewhere else and dumped outside Camargo. The area is commonly fought over by cartels and criminal gangs who want to control the stretch of land between the town and the border, according to the Associated Press.
An official who wanted to remain anonymous for their own safety told the AP that the murders occurred Friday but residents were too afraid to call police until the following day.