The mutilated body of a Mexican woman whose name has not been released to the public was discovered inside pots sitting on a stove in a home allegedly owned by her ex-husband.
According to Newsweek, a state security spokesperson, Roberto Alvarez, has confirmed the situation.
“It’s presumed that she was cooked,” he said.
The woman was last seen on January 13 leaving her house in the city of Taxco, Mexico. She was supposed to pick up her children from her ex-husband's house, but was never heard from again, reported The New York Times.
Newsweek noted that femicide — the sex-based hate crime of murdering women — is a severe problem in Mexico, with an estimated seven women a day being killed.
AOL, which identified the victim as 25-year-old Magdalena Aguilar Romero and her ex-husband as Cesar Gomez Arciniega, reported that the woman's arms and legs were found in the cookware, and her pelvis (which had been cooked) had been found in a black bag near the stove. The rest of her body was in the refrigerator, reported the outlet.
The government of Taxco has released a statement on the matter, saying it "vigorously condemns the cowardly murder [...] which irreparably hurts our society.”
"[The murder] reiterates the work that needs to be done to protect and rebuild the social fabric of our municipality," it continues. "From the time her disappearance was known, we have offered all the support to [the victim's] family, with whom we have always shown solidarity and to whom we show our unconditional support."
Travel warnings have recently been announced for Guerro, where Taxco is located, noting the prevalence of gang activity in the state and deeming it as dangerous as areas like Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
CBS News added that the divorced husband is now the chief suspect in the case.