Photo: Gregorio Jimenez de la Cruz
The body of Gregorio Jimenez de la Cruz, a reporter kidnapped last week by unidentified individuals in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, has been found, officials said.
Jimenez de la Cruz, a police reporter for the Notisur and Liberal del Sur newspapers, was abducted outside his residence in Villa Allende last Wednesday.
The reporter’s body was found Tuesday along with those of two other people in clandestine graves in the city of Las Choapas, Veracruz Attorney General Amadeo Flores said.
Jimenez de la Cruz’s body was “fully identified” by investigators, the AG said, adding that the motive for the killing was “personal revenge.”
The bodies were found as a result of the arrest Monday of Jose Luis Marquez Hernandez at the bus terminal in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, as he prepared to leave the state.
Marquez admitted to “having participated in the incidents that led to the disappearance and subsequent murder of Gregorio Jimenez,” Flores said.
The suspect told investigators that bar owner Teresa de Jesus Hernandez Cruz hired “a group of hitmen to kidnap him from his residence and kill him” due to “personal differences,” Flores said.
Marquez’s account was confirmed by the discovery of the three bodies in two clandestine graves at a safe house in Las Choapas, the AG said.
The suspect provided information that led to the arrests of four other people, including the bar owner, Flores said.
The case remains open because investigators are looking for several other suspects who were involved in crimes in the area, the AG said.
One of the other bodies found in Las Choapas has been identified as that of Ernesto Ruiz Guillen, but the other body has not been identified.
Jimenez de la Cruz was kidnapped as he returned home after taking his children to school, Notisur representative Sayda Chiñas Cordova told Efe last week.
Ten journalists have been murdered, at least three have gone missing and about a dozen others have left Veracruz since 2011 due to the drug-related violence in the state.
A total of 87 journalists have been murdered since 2000 in Mexico, making it the most dangerous country in Latin America for members of the media, the National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, said.