TAXCO, Mexico — The chopped-up remains of a woman who had disappeared in a southern Mexican town were found bubbling away in a pot at her ex-husband’s business, police said.
Magdalena Aguilar Romero, 25, was last seen on Jan. 13 when she left her home in Taxco to pick up her kids at her ex-husband’s home.
On Monday, police discovered her remains at a botany center owned by her ex, Cesar Gomez Arciniega.
“It is presumed that she was cooked,”Guerrero state security spokesman Roberto Alvarez said.
Investigators described a grisly scene, saying Romero’s arms and legs were found boiling in a pot on a stove in a back storeroom. Her already-cooked pelvis was in a bag on the floor, and other body parts were stashed in a freezer, police said.
Prosecutors said they are investigating whether Arciniega committed “femicide,” a gender-based hate crime.
According to a government report released last month, murders of women in Mexico have risen sharply over the last decade following two decades of decline.
The state of Guerrero had the second highest “femicide” rate in 2016, official statistics show.