Grisly Task of Digging Up Bodies Continues at Mass Crime Scene in El Salvador

A forensic expert carries a bucket at the place where authorities are excavating a clandestine cemetery discovered at the house of a former police officer and containing many bodies, most of them believed to be women, in Chalchuapa, El Salvador May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas

Forensic workers unearthed the remains of multiple victims from a grisly crime scene in El Salvador, digging up more bodies on Friday from a pit at the home of an ex-police officer suspected of murdering and burying potentially dozens of women.

Authorities confirmed eight bodies have so far been removed from under the house of former officer Hugo Ernesto Osorio, a convicted rapist who prosecutors have formally charged with the killing of two women and two men earlier this month.

Sexual violence is the leading theory for the killings, according to prosecutors.

Neither Osorio nor his lawyer could immediately be reached for comment.

Authorities also point to the possibility of a wider conspiracy as 10 others have been charged with murdering nine women in presumably related homicides, along with four other murders of victims whose bodies have turned up in the same small house, which lies next to a sugar cane farm.

The house was ringed by heavily-armed soldiers and police on Friday, as dozens of relatives of missing people gathered nearby, many wondering if they might be able to identify the victims.

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SOURCE: Reuters

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