Mexican crime reporter kidnapped and murdered

May 19, 2012 05:39


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CIUDAD OBREGON, Mexico - The corpse of a crime reporter was found stuffed into a garbage bag in a suspected gangland killing in the northern Mexican state of Sonora, prosecutors said Friday.

Police officers located the body of Marco Antonio Avila on the side of a rural road the day after he was kidnapped by a group of gunmen at a car wash in the nearby town of Ciudad Obregon, said Jose Larrinaga, spokesman for the state prosecutor's office.

The body showed signs of torture and a threatening note typical of those used by drug gangs was left at the scene, Larrinaga said.

Avila covered police and crime issues for the local paper Diario de Sonora and had reported on drug-related violence.

Sonora, which borders Arizona, lies on a key smuggling route for the Sinaloa cartel, led by Mexico's most wanted man, Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman.

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