Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Encajuelado ("'Trunked' Man" Found Early This Morning

From Diario this morning: The body of an as-yet unidentified man was found "encajuelado" ("trunked," referring to a dead body being found in the trunk of a car, a common signature in the non-verbal vocabulary of death in Juarez) this morning (Tuesday May 19) at 12:45 a.m. in the trunk of a white 1998 Nissan on Globo Street (near Insurgentes) in La Chaveña. A sign on the body read, "for being an extortionist."

A conflict over jurisdiction occurred after elements of the Army took over the crime scene and state police arrived to investigate. State police authorities were told by army personnel to leave the crime scene. It is the responsibility of state government to investigate homicides, but it is also the responsibility of the federal government to investigate narco-related crimes, including homicides. After a lengthy discussion state officials were allowed to enter the crime scene and look for evidence.

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