Mexican forensic experts found 29 bodies stuffed in 119 plastic bags dumped in the bottom of a well outside Guadalajara city, said officials on Tuesday.
Since the discovery of mass grave this month, experts have been working to establish how many victims are actually there.
The mass grave was found in a remote area known as La Primavera, which is about 45-minute drive outside Guadalajara.
The chief prosecutor for the state of Jalisco, Gerardo Solis said, “We have 16 incomplete corpses and 13 complete, for a total of 29 bodies.”
In recent years, Jalisco has been hit by a wave of violence driven by drug cartel turf wars.
The total could rise as experts continue to analyze the remains, officials told reporters at a news conference.
“Different body parts are being examined by forensic anthropologists and analysts to determine to what extent the number is going to rise,” said Blanca Trujillo, the state’s special prosecutor for missing persons’ cases.
Trujillo further added that 27 of the victims are men and two are women.
Since the forensic experts discovered the mass grave on September 3, they have been working the site with the help of heavy machinery and trained dogs.
The well measures more than 16 feet (five meters) deep.
This year in May, another mass grave was discovered with 30 bodies inside.