The remnants of a minimum of 14 people killed and buried in the home of a former police officer who was made a gang leader in western El Salvador by a team of forensic specialists on Thursday.
In full biosecurity equipment, the team came to Chalchuapa for their grim work at the home of ex-Cop Hugo Ernesto Osorio Chavez.
The Minister of Justice and Security Gustavo Villatoro said that at least 14 bodies were found separately buried in the home of Osorio Chavez.
The ex-cop was detained on May 8 as the main suspect in the murder of a woman and her daughter, after neighbors alerted the authorities.
This led to police entering his home, where they began uncovering bodies.
Villatoro said that DNA samples were being collected from area residents who had a missing relative to see if it matched with any of the bodies.
The ex-police officer’s home, which faces a sugar cane field, was blocked off by police, preventing reporters from entering the area.
Forensic criminologist Israel Ticas told AFP that digging will continue in other parts of the property, and estimated that the task could take more than a month.
On Wednesday a local judge ordered the arrest of 11 people linked to Osorio Chavez. The accomplices were accused of aggravated femicide and aggravated homicide.
In 2020 tiny El Salvador, population 6.5 million, ended the year with 1,322 homicides — an average of 20 per 100,000 inhabitants.