Body of abducted journalist found in Mexico

By CHRISTOPHER

SHERMAN

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — The body of a journalist was found Friday in the central Mexican state of San Luis Potosi one day after armed men wearing uniforms abducted him from his home, authorities said.

Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro, a freelance photographer, had reported threats and intimidation by detectives from the state prosecutor’s office in July. It was that same body that the state human rights commission had asked to protect him.

State prosecutor’s office spokesman Ivan Ojeda said Esqueda’s body was found near a San Luis Potosi airport.

On Thursday, the prosecutor’s office denied that its detectives had taken Esqueda from his home, though it said the armed men had claimed to be from its force.

“We have various lines of investigation in the case,” Ojeda said Friday. “We’re not ruling out anything.”

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said that Esqueda covered crime and society news, contributing to local news sites Metropoli San Luis and Vox Populi.

The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, a journalist advocacy group, said in a statement that Esqueda’s wife said that early Thursday morning the armed men identifying themselves as state prosecutor’s detectives “grabbed Edgar by the neck and threw him to the ground while pointing a gun at me.”

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