Seven members of family found dead in Mexico

Several women and children were among the victims, whose throats were cut.

Updated: Aug 14, 2012, 11:39 AM IST

Veracruz (Mexico): The bodies of seven members of a family were found over the weekend inside a house in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz, police said.

The bodies were discovered Sunday at the house in Manlio Fabio Altamirano, a city in the southern part of Veracruz.

Several women and children were among the victims, whose throats were cut.

Police went to the house after neighbours reported smelling a foul odour coming from the property, the Veracruz Attorney General`s Office said.

The bodies were decomposing, indicating that the victims had been dead for at least 72 hours, the AG`s office said.

Investigators do not have any leads or a motive for the killings, the AG`s office said.

Veracruz has been plagued by a turf war between rival drug cartels that has sent the state`s murder rate skyrocketing over the past two years.

IANS