Mexican police have launched a manhunt for the owner of an abandoned crematorium after 60bodies, including children, were found rotting in the Acapulco facility closed last year. Authorities made the grim discovery of bodies covered in white sheets, some piled on top of each other, on Thursday after neighbours called police to complain about the stench coming from the "Cremations of the Pacific" building. The fading resort of Acapulco has been plagued by drug gang violence whose victims are regularly found around the city. But this time, authorities said they were investigating a macabre case of funerary fraud. The bodies of men, women and children were found "perfectly embalmed" in the crematorium, officials said. Guerrero state chief prosecutor Miguel Angel Godinez said authorities had requested assistance from federal agencies and Interpol to find the owner, Guillermo Estua Zadai. "It could be a possible fraud by the owner of the building against the people who thought the remains of their relatives would be cremated," he said, adding that officials were investigating whether people were given the wrong ashes. The bodies were covered in white sheets that were brown from what appeared to be fluid from the decomposing corpses. Lime was scattered on the bodies and around the crematorium in an apparent attempt to mask the stench, but neighbours said they began to detect a nauseating smell two days ago. Authorities said the crematorium stopped paying taxes three years ago and closed last year after either going bankrupt or failing to pay back loans. Worried relatives that had used the crematorium's services went to Acapulco's morgue, asking authorities to check whether their loved ones were among the abandoned bodies. David Jaimes, who had hired the crematorium nine months ago after his mother died, asked officials to analyse the ashes that were handed to him. "I saw the furnace turned on and my mother lying there, but I never saw them put her inside," Jaimes said. "The gentleman who was there told us 'get out if you want because this place is dangerous'. "We left but we never saw the body go in, so we have this doubt today."