The number of bodies found in 19 clandestine graves located in the municipality of Cajeme, in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, rose to 27, Efe sources told prosecutors on Sunday.
"A total of 19 graves were located where 27 people were apparently found," of which 24 correspond to men and three to women, in an area surrounded by farmland, they explained.
The discovery, which initially was 25 bodies, took place this Saturday after an expedition led by the collective Warriors Buscadorras de Sonora, a group of women relatives of the disappeared, in the rural area of the Yaqui Valley, where two crime gangs organized the square is disputed.
The women were accompanied by a team of 10 investigators and forensic doctors from the state attorney's office, who carried tools to facilitate the search for buried bones.
Mexico registered at least 2,000 clandestine graves between 2006 and 2016 with 2,884 bodies of people murdered and buried by organized crime, according to an independent journalistic investigation based on data from state prosecutors.
The report "Where the missing are going", in which a group of Mexican journalists has worked for almost two years, points out that the phenomenon of clandestine graves includes 24 states of the country and one in seven Mexican municipalities.
According to official figures, in Mexico there are 40,000 missing, 26,000 unidentified bodies in forensic services.