US police divers have recovered what a spokesman describes as “fragmented pieces of human remains” from a northern New Mexico lake where authorities have been finding bundles of cocaine since a small plane crashed into the lake.

State police spokesman Lieutenant Eric Garcia says he doesn’t know if the remains found yesterday belong to more than one person or if there are more remains in the lake.

They have been turned over to the state Office of the Medical Investigator.

Garcia says the plane, the pilot and any passengers haven’t been identified.

He says the current and winds have caused debris to spread since Sunday’s crash, but more than 20 packages of cocaine have been recovered.

Dive team members were working 30m below the water’s surface yesterday afternoon.

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