Secret Cemetery in El Salvador Being Investigated as Possible Femicide Mass Grave

A woman spray paints graffiti on a wall as she takes part in a march demanding an end to violence against women and femicide in the country, ahead of an International Women’s Day protest, in San Salvador, El Salvador March 7, 2021. REUTERS/Jessica Orellana/File Photo

El Salvador officials said on Thursday they were excavating a clandestine cemetery discovered at the house of a former police officer and containing as many as 40 bodies, most of them believed to be women.

Exhuming the bodies could take another month, authorities said. The remains of at least 24 people had been recovered so far at the house in the municipality of Chalchuapa, about 48 miles (78 kilometers) northwest of the capital San Salvador.

At least 10 people are facing charges, according to the office of the attorney general, including a former police officer, Hugo Ernesto Osorio Chavez, whose home is on the same site as the clandestine cemetery.

Neither Osorio nor his lawyer could immediately be reached for comment.

Dozens of people who believed their missing relatives could be among the bodies gathered outside the house, which was guarded by police.

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SOURCE: Reuters