Homicide investigators who came from California to El Paso in May concluded that the body of a young woman found last year on the West Coast was not that of a missing Chihuahua girl, but their extensive DNA testing on mothers of disappeared Chihuahua women led to a stunning revelation.
A bone fragment from the finger of a skeleton that Chihuahua state police said belonged to 19-year-old Neyra Azucena Cervantes indeed matched the DNA in the mouth swab conducted on her mother, officials of the Alameda County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office said Monday.
But the skeleton's skull, pierced by a bullet, is not Neyra's, officials said.
If Neyra was killed as part of some sort of occult ritual, her skull may have been kept as an occult talisman
or as an oracle
. This also may explain the secret rituals of the Order of Skull and Bones