The body of a man found on the roof of a hospital in a crime-wracked region of Mexico on Thursday morning had been thrown from a plane, witnesses said.
The body landed on the roof of an IMSS hospital in the town of Eldorado – in El Chapo’s home state of Sinaloa – at around 7.30am local time, an official who declined to be named told Reuters.
Witnesses standing outside the health center reported a plane flying low over the hospital and a person thrown out, the health official said – and he could be the third in a string of plane killings that day.
In a statement, Sinaloa state prosecutors said the body was clothed only in a red soccer jersey and socks, and had signs of severe trauma consistent with ‘impact on the hard surface.’
It’s not known whether the victim was alive when he was tossed from the plane.
Medical investigators found no bullet wounds and are trying to determine the time of death, El Expres reported.
The hospital official said that two more bodies were found in the town, which lies around 40 miles south of the state capital of Culiacan.
Local media reported that those two bodies were thrown from the same plane as the body that landed on the hospital.
They had been collected by local gang members, the press said; state prosecutors said they had no evidence of other bodies having landed.
Officials from the state prosecutor’s office were at the scene, the hospital official said.
The state prosecutor’s office did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
‘This is an agricultural area and planes are regularly used for fumigation,’ the official said, adding that the IMSS hospital was operating normally.
Sinaloa is the home state of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, who ran the Sinaloa drug cartel until his arrest in 2016. He was extradited to the United States earlier this year.
Ever since Chapo’s arrest, security in the state has deteriorated, as the Sinaloa cartel struggles to adapt to infighting and fresh threats from rival groups.
Eldorado is in an area of Sinaloa controlled by Dámaso López Núñez, alias El Licenciado, El Chapo’s former compatriot, El Expres reported.
He is now in a war with El Chapo’s sons in order to maintain control of the Pacific Cartel.