Body of slain Mexican journalist found wrapped in plastic, handcuffed on side of highway

The body of a Mexican journalist who was kidnapped from her home by a group of armed men Monday was found handcuffed and bound, with a plastic bag wrapped around her head and dumped on the side of a highway Tuesday, according to Mexican media reports.
Anabel Flores Salazar, a freelance crime reporter for several publications including El Sol de Orizaba in Veracruz, was identified by relatives late Tuesday night and the death was confirmed by the attorneys general of Puebla and Veracruz.

Her body was found in Puebla, about 10 miles from her home in Veracruz. Prosecutors are investigating whether Salazar had any connection to drug cartels, according to Proceso.
More than 120 journalists have been killed in Mexico in the last 25 years, making it the third most dangerous place in the world for reporters, according to the International Federation of Journalists.

In 2015 alone, seven journalists were murdered in Mexico — three occurring in Veracruz — according to the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. Additionally, at least 23 others are missing.
“The investigations to determine the causes and the likely or probable (parties) responsible for these acts are ongoing,” a rough translation of the statement issued by authorities in Peubla reads.

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Walter Skinner

Walter Skinner joined the Pluto Daily in 2012 and has covered news from around the world.