Eight dead bodies have been discovered throughout Cancun, Mexico -- a popular resort destination -- each killed in grisly fashion, local prosecutors told The Associated Press.
While none of the bodies were found in the city's hotel area, the brutality of the killings has stoked fear among not just residents but also tourists.
The State Department urges Americans traveling to the area to exercise increased caution, but it hasn't updated its travel advisory because of the deaths, despite several press reports saying otherwise.
Two of the male victims were found Tuesday dismembered in several plastic bags. A man and a woman were discovered killed in an abandoned taxi. Another man was found bound and shot to death, with another shot and covered in a plastic bag. A seventh victim was killed lying in a hammock, and details of the eighth were not yet available, according to the Associated Press.
None of the victims are believed to be Americans or tourists of other nationalities.
Cancun is one of the most popular tourist destinations for Americans, 35 million of whom visited Mexico in 2017, according to the U.S. National Travel and Tourism Office.