Woman hanged from overpass in northern Mexico

January 1, 2011 01:51


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MONTERREY, Mexico — The half-naked body of a woman who had escaped from prison officials while facing kidnapping charges was found hanging by the neck Friday from an overpass in this wealthy northern industrial city.

It is the first time in recent memory that a woman has been killed in this manner. Their bodies have been found decapitated or mutilated but Mexican drug cartels have saved hangings from public bridges for their male rivals.

The victim was identified as Elizabeth Muniz Tamez, aka "The Red Head," who had been charged in 2009 with belonging to a gang of kidnappers, the Public Safety Office of Nuevo Leon state, where Monterrey is located, said in a statement. Her hair had been dyed blond when the body was found.

Muniz Tamez escaped from custody Monday, when a group of armed assailants snatched her from a prison vehicle taking her for medical treatment.

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