THE body of a model and young mother who was snatched from a street in Mexico has been found dumped with six others in a mass grave.
Yessenia Estefania Alvarado, 24, from the northwestern city of Ciudad Obregon, was reported missing on August 19 after being kidnapped by a group of men while shopping.
Alvarado’s body was one of seven found in a shallow grave in the nearby region of Canal Bajo on September 20.
It has been reported that up to five additional bodies may have been uncovered, although the extra deaths have not been confirmed by prosecutors.
None of the other bodies have yet been identified.
Alvarado, who had one son and worked as a model, was reportedly kidnapped while out shopping by a gang of four men in a pickup truck.
She was initially identified by relatives using clothing found in the grave, and DNA testing has since confirmed the identification.
When she disappeared, brother Carlos Alvarado Rivera posted photos of her online as part of an appeal for help finding her.
“You’re going to come back sister,” he wrote.
“You’re a very good woman, you don’t mess with anyone, you’re a super mom.
“You’re going to come back because this is all a misunderstanding and because of the love you have for your son.”
Following the news of her death, he wrote: “Fly high sister.
“I’m going to miss you so much my sister, my life partner.
“See you soon to be back together, my Queen.”
Local police said that among the six other bodies found were three men, two women, and a final victim whose gender has not yet been established.
Forensics experts are now examining the bodies and the site where they were found.
Police have reportedly arrested three suspects since the grave was uncovered, and an investigation is ongoing.
Alvarado’s family is yet to release a formal statement.