According to local media, a mass grave containing hundreds of female corpses was discovered in an ex-cop’s backyard in El Salvador, suspected to be victims of a brutal sex and murder gang.
The grisly discovery was made this week as police were investigating former cop Hugo Ernesto Osorio Chavez for the double homicide of a 57-year-old woman and her 26-year-old daughter, a crime the ex-cop reportedly confessed to earlier this month, according to the Guardian.
As cops entered Chavez’s backyard in Chalchuapa, about 50 miles from San Salvador’s capital, they found the land was rough and fuzzy.
Investigators soon discovered eight pits filled with what they believe could be at least a dozen bodies, according to the Daily Beast.
To date, no less than 14 bodies were discovered at the former cop’s home.
Chavez, 51, who was kicked off the police force has a rap sheet that includes sex crimes allegations. He was ousted in 2005 after admitting to being a sexual predator, who found women on social media and lured them in with the promise of the ‘American Dream,’ cops told reporters.
Chavez and ten others were arrested in what cops believe was a sex and murder ring that left women, and possibly some young men, dead.
‘This psychopath has been detained and I believe that 99 percent of the people who assisted him have been detained,’ Police Chief Mauricio Arriaza Chicas told reporters.
Chicas said that the suspects included former police officers and former soldiers as well as people smugglers and others who helped lure the victims to their death.
Sexual violence was thought to be the common denominator in all of the women’s deaths, police said.
Graciela Sagastume, the prosecutor in charge of the probe, said ‘the central axis of the investigation is sexual violence.’
None of the suspects in custody have explained what was behind the makeshift cemetery — believed to be at least two or more years old. Justice Minister Gustavo Villatoro indicated more than one person is complicit in the mass grave.