CANCUN, Mexico – The remains of a woman who was beheaded and apparently tortured were found over the weekend in the Mexican Caribbean resort city of Cancun, state officials said.
A message was left next to the body of the unidentified woman, who was between 18 and 20.
The message was signed by “Los Zetas,” the armed wing of the Gulf drug cartel, and threatened “Los Pelones,” a group of gunmen who work for the Beltran Leyva cartel.
Police received an anonymous call around midnight Saturday that the body of a woman had been left at a site near Bonampak Avenue.
The woman’s remains were found on a path running through some undergrowth, police said, adding that the victim’s hands and feet had been bound, and the head had been placed on her chest along with the message.
This is the first drug-related beheading to occur in Cancun, Mexico’s top Caribbean tourist destination.
Some 7 million foreign tourists visit Cancun each year, making the resort the engine of Mexico’s tourism industry.
Mexico has been plagued in recent years by drug-related violence, with powerful cartels battling each other and the security forces in a war for control of smuggling and distribution routes.
The drug war is blamed for more than 16,000 deaths in the past three years, with the 2009 death toll at roughly 6,800. EFE