Dismembered bodies found in sewage system of Colombian prison

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Dismembered Bodies Found in Sewage System of Colombian Prison

At least 100 dismembered bodies have been discovered in the drainage system of one of Colombia's largest prisons.

The body parts were reportedly found in the underground sewage system at La Modelo prison in the country's capital. Investigators believe similar crimes occurred at three other prisons across the country.

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On Wednesday, Colombian officials announced they've been investigating the disappearance and dismemberment of people for months. They said the dismemberments likely occurred between 1999 and 2001.

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Clothes hang from the windows of La Modelo prison in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on August 21, 2015. In a prison in the mountains of Colombia, a government program gathers former guerrillas and former paramilitaries, once mortal enemies and today demobilized, in order to prove that reconciliation is possible. AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Guards stand next to inmates at La Modelo prison in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on August 21, 2015. In a prison in the mountains of Colombia, a government program gathers former guerrillas and former paramilitaries, once mortal enemies and today demobilized, in order to prove that reconciliation is possible. AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A prisoner walks at a pavilion of La Modelo prison in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on August 21, 2015. In a prison in the mountains of Colombia, a government program gathers former guerrillas and former paramilitaries, once mortal enemies and today demobilized, in order to prove that reconciliation is possible. AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Prisoners receive their lunch at La Modelo prison in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on August 21, 2015. In a prison in the mountains of Colombia, a government program gathers former guerrillas and former paramilitaries, once mortal enemies and today demobilized, in order to prove that reconciliation is possible. AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A prisoner gestures through a fence at La Modelo prison in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on August 21, 2015. In a prison in the mountains of Colombia, a government program gathers former guerrillas and former paramilitaries, once mortal enemies and today demobilized, in order to prove that reconciliation is possible. AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A transvestite inmate looks out from a cell at La Modelo prison in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on August 21, 2015. In a prison in the mountains of Colombia, a government program gathers former guerrillas and former paramilitaries, once mortal enemies and today demobilized, in order to prove that reconciliation is possible. AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A guard closes a door as an inmate looks on, at La Modelo prison in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on August 21, 2015. In a prison in the mountains of Colombia, a government program gathers former guerrillas and former paramilitaries, once mortal enemies and today demobilized, in order to prove that reconciliation is possible. AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
A prisoner looks through the window of a cell at La Modelo prison in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on August 21, 2015. In a prison in the mountains of Colombia, a government program gathers former guerrillas and former paramilitaries, once mortal enemies and today demobilized, in order to prove that reconciliation is possible. AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Prisoners receive their lunch at La Modelo prison in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on August 21, 2015. In a prison in the mountains of Colombia, a government program gathers former guerrillas and former paramilitaries, once mortal enemies and today demobilized, in order to prove that reconciliation is possible. AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
Handcuffs remain hanging from a fence as a guard passes by, at La Modelo prison in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on August 21, 2015. In a prison in the mountains of Colombia, a government program gathers former guerrillas and former paramilitaries, once mortal enemies and today demobilized, in order to prove that reconciliation is possible. AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO LEGARIA (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images)
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According to CNN, a special prosecutor on the case, Caterina Heyck, said, "The victims were inmates, visitors and people who had nothing to do with the prison."

Prisons across Colombia have come under fire for being extremely overcrowded and violent. La Modelo, where the body parts were found, is one of the worst.

TeleSur reports Heyck said, "The horrors of what happened in that prison should be analyzed in a criminal investigation, but also call for a deep reflection within Colombian society."

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