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Locals Complained About Smell Coming From Truck; Turned Out To Be 157 Dead Bodies

In Guadalajara, Mexico, people in a local neighborhood began noticing a rotten smell coming from a refrigerator truck left parked in the area.

As the days dragged on, the smell got worse and worse, and with all the complaints coming in, authorities were forced to go check out the truck to see what was creating the stench. When they opened it, they found more than 150 human corpses decaying in the heat.

The truck was parked initially in a morgue parking lot, then was moved to a government-run lot, and then ended up in a field behind a housing development near Mexico City. Residents were horrified to discover all the bodies that were stashed in the refrigerator truck.

They were left in there due to a burial crisis the state is having. The corpses were recovered from clandestine graves in and around the state, and officials say the bodies were already decaying when they were loaded on the truck. The refrigeration was an attempt to slow down the decaying process.

People who felt that it was an inappropriate solution were furious. “This is a demonstration of insensitivity on the part of some public servants,” complained Jalisco state interior secretary Roberto Lopez Lara.

He promises that the bodies will be transported to a morgue and handled with more respect, and that the entire incident will be investigated to find the people involved in making the horrible decision to leave dead human bodies on a truck.

An inspector for the state human rights commission is also furious. “This was a mistake… and it is bothering the neighbors,” complained Inspector Javier Perlasca. “It is time to end these comings and goings that only outrage and hurt people.”

Perlasca believes that the corpses are bringing too much pain to the families of the deceased, and he feels that the bodies should all be given the dignity of a respectful burial.

Mexican authorities on both a state and federal level agree that this kind of treatment of human remains cant go on, however there have been an unprecedented number of bodies coming in for burials due to the increasing crime in Mexico.

This year alone, there have already been more than 16,000 homicides in the country, which is a 17 percent increase over last year. Morgues have simply run out of room to hold the bodies.

The problem is causing overworked morgue workers to strike, particularly as conditions worsen for them. The smell alone due to the overpacked mortuaries are a health hazard and are causing employees to walk out.

According to the chief prosecutor, some clandestine graves are not even being investigated, even though authorities have found them. They simply do not have enough facilities in which to store the bodies at this time, so the corpses are remaining where they are found and continuing to decay in the elements.

“The physical space to keep the bodies of the dead has been outstripped,” said the prosecutor. “Given that every day they are finding bodies in different places, in clandestine graves, shot dead in the street, etc.”

Until Mexican authorities figure out where they can safely and respectfully store the remains of the dead, there is simply little else to be done.

Source: AOL
Photos: ABC 7 Screenshots

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