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Mexico says no evidence of organ harvesting in death of Pole

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Polish man who died this month outside Mexico City appears to have perished from carbon monoxide poisoning and there was no evidence of organ harvesting, Mexican authorities said Friday.

The 20-year-old man was found in an apartment in Metepec west of Mexico City on Feb. 14 with no apparent external injuries, the Mexico state prosecutor’s office said in a statement. The initial investigation suggested carbon monoxide poisoning, which also sickened another young Pole who is hospitalized but recovering.

On Thursday, Poland’s Foreign Ministry said authorities in Mexico were investigating the death of a young Pole and the hospitalization of another, which Polish media linked to alleged organ harvesting.

Poland’s Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro said he had ordered a separate investigation into what he called the “homicide and attempted homicide” of the two young Poles in Mexico.

Late Friday, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said in its own statement the investigation continues, but “no indication or material evidence exist that the referenced events are related in any way to the extraction or trafficking of organs as reported by various media organizations.”

The Mexico state prosecutor’s office similarly denied any evidence of a connection to organ trafficking.

Both Mexican statements said they are sharing information with Poland's embassy in Mexico.