Police Find 4 Bodies In Western El Salvador

Published February 2, 2012 9:18PM (EST)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadoran police say they have found the bodies of four people inside black plastic bags dumped separately in the town of Sonsonate. Among the victims is former professional soccer player Ladislao Nerio, who had been strangled.

Thursday's statement from the national police says all the victims, a woman among them, had their hands and feet tied.

National police say they have detained two men and two women who were inside a house where officers found traces of blood. Sonsonate police say0 they are investigating whether gangs are involved.

An estimated 20,000 Salvadorans belong to street gangs, which deal drugs and extort businesses.

Nerio played for several top division clubs in El Salvador and retired in 2009.

(This version CORRECTS number of victims to 4 instead of 7.)

By Salon Staff

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