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Bodies of three kidnapped Honduran teenagers found

By Andrew V. Pestano
Members of the Honduras' National Inter-Institutional Security Force (Fusina) participate in the destruction of 1,572 pounds of cocaine at a military installation in the village Las Casitas, south of Tegucigalpa on January 11. Honduras, which faces violence due to drug gangs, has one of the highest homicide rates in the word. On Saturday, the bodies of three teenagers out of four who were kidnapped in Honduras have been found hand-tied inside of plastics blags by a river. Photo by Gustavo Amador/EPA
Members of the Honduras' National Inter-Institutional Security Force (Fusina) participate in the destruction of 1,572 pounds of cocaine at a military installation in the village Las Casitas, south of Tegucigalpa on January 11. Honduras, which faces violence due to drug gangs, has one of the highest homicide rates in the word. On Saturday, the bodies of three teenagers out of four who were kidnapped in Honduras have been found hand-tied inside of plastics blags by a river. Photo by Gustavo Amador/EPA

Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The bodies of three teenagers out of four who were kidnapped in Honduras have been found hand-tied inside of plastics blags by a river.

The teenagers, who worked on a sugar farm and as motorcycle taxi drivers, have been identified as Edgardo Antonio Salinas,18; Cristian David Orellana, 19; Alex Armando Vallejo, 19; and Cesar Alberto Lopez, 15, El Heraldo reported.

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The condition of the fourth missing teenager is unknown. The bodies of the victims were found Saturday near Honduras' Ulua River in the Yoro province about nine miles from the village where they were kidnapped on Tuesday by gunmen.

Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world at a rate of 66 for every 100,000 people, according to Honduras' National Violence Observatory. Honduran officials carried out 115 other raids on Wednesday with an unspecified number of arrests related to suspicions of robbery, drug trafficking, human trafficking, weapons smuggling, stealing land and being linked to criminal groups.

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