Published Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | 1:57 p.m.
Updated Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | 1:57 p.m.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say hundreds of skeletal remains have been found scattered on ranches in a stretch of towns along the U.S.-Mexico border as police carried out a wide search to locate missing people.
Coahuila state prosecutors' spokesman Jesus Carranza said Monday that the remains were burned and extremely hard to identify.
Police have not said whether an organized crime group is suspected, but it's an area known to be dominated by the Zetas drug cartel.
The police operation took place on ranches of 11 different towns around the border city of Piedras Negras after interviews with family members and former local officials.
Investigators found bullet casings as well as barrels of diesel fuel at some of the farms likely used to burn bodies.