Mexican police suspect that heads burned in ritual

September 2, 2008 01:19

The heads of 11 decapitated bodies discovered in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula last week may have been burned in a ritual, investigators said. Police said they found an altar to the skeletal figure of the "Santa Muerte," an unofficial patron saint of death, in the home of two men arrested in connection with the slayings and discovered several scorched spots in a nearby clearing. A Public Safety Department statement sent late Sunday said police suspect the heads were burned in the clearing, though it did not say what evidence they had to support that theory. Public Safety officials declined to give further details Monday, citing an ongoing investigation.

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