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Mexican authorities find 18 bags and containers containing human remains

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexican authorities have found 18 plastic bags and vessels containing human remains on a farm in a crime-ridden part of the country, prosecutors said Friday.

"We are currently not totally certain about how many bodies are on that estate," Jalisco state Attorney General Gerardo Octavio Solis said, adding that forensic experts were examining the remains.

"At first sight, there is a large amount of human remains," he added.

The farm is located on Tlajomulco in the west of the country.

Authorities discovered the remains after security forces saw a man with his hands tied calling for help.

He said he had escaped from a nearby farm where two other people had also been kidnapped. Security forces released them and arrested three suspects.

Prosecutors said some of the remains were inside vessels, without giving details on what kind of containers they were.

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Police and soldiers also seized tools that appeared to have been used for cutting bodies up, as well as weapons and vehicles.

About 34,000 people were killed last year in Mexico. Some 40,000 people remain missing.

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