US Issues Warning to Border State Residents After Grisly Crimes in Cancun
ARIZONA — August 24, 2018
About eight found bodies, many of which were dismembered, were found scattered in multiple areas throughout the popular resort town of Cancun.
US officials are now warning tourists to stay away from certain parts of Mexico.
Quintana Roo prosecutors said the bodies of a man and a woman were found in an abandoned taxi a few hours after midnight on Tuesday, while the dismembered bodies of two men were found elsewhere stuffed in plastic bags.
Two other men were bound and shot to death, while another was killed while lying in a hammock. Details of the eighth death weren’t immediately available.
Because the killer is still out there, the US State Department published advisory Wednesday warning travelers to “exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime.”
It said: “Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico as U.S. government employees are prohibited from travel to these areas.
U.S. government employees are prohibited from intercity travel after dark in many areas of Mexico. U.S. government employees are also not permitted to drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior parts of Mexico with the exception of daytime travel on Highway 15 between Nogales and Hermosillo.”
They have also warned vacationers not to travel to Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa, and Tamaulipas -- which are all located nowhere near Cancun.
In Quintana Roo, the State Department also advised travelers to exercise increased caution.
According to the Quintana Roo Police Department, the killer is at large, and it is possible that he will try to leave Mexico.
Violence in the Cancun area has been on the rise. In April, 14 people were killed and five more injured in a 36-hour span between the morning of April 4 and the evening of April 5. Nine people were killed on April 4 alone.
The figures surpass Cancun’s previous record of nine killings in a day, which was set on Nov. 25, 2004.
More than 100 people have been slaughtered in Cancun since the beginning of 2018, as Mexico’s cartels continue to spread fear through the country.