EFECancun, Mexico

Mexican authorities said Tuesday that eight bodies found over the weekend in a field in the southeastern state of Yucatan correspond to a group of workers kidnapped days earlier in a fishing community in the neighboring state of Quintana Roo.

In an interview with Efe, Quintana Roo Attorney General Oscar Montes de Oca confirmed that six of the eight bodies have already been fully identified.

He said they will be turned over to their families once the Yucatan AG's office completes its forensic work and transfers the bodies across state lines.

The prosecutor said the bodies found Saturday in a field in the Yucatan municipality of Chikindzonot bore signs of torture and had been dead for 72 hours at the time of their discovery.

That group of male workers disappeared last Wednesday afternoon from the fishing community of Xcalak, but authorities only became aware of the kidnapping after one of the victims escaped and reported the crime the following morning, Montes de Oca said.

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