The body of Luis Martin Sanchez Iniguez, a regional correspondent for leading Mexican newspaper La Jornada, was found on Saturday morning in a rural area near Tepic, the capital of Nayarit.

Sanchez Iniguez had gone missing on Wednesday night, and his wife Cecilia Lopez had been unaware of his whereabouts since then. His body was found in the village of Huachines in the municipality of Tepic and was identified by local authorities.

Some unconfirmed local media reports said he was found wrapped in plastic bags and had a message on his chest. According to Lopez, she found the clothes her husband was wearing the last day she saw him in their home, and in his wallet were all his belongings except for his La Jornada correspondent’s card.

The family also reported that “his computer, cell phone, a hard drive and his sandals are missing.” La Jornada correspondents have been targeted and murdered in the past, including Miroslava Breach killed in Chihuahua in March 2017 and Javier Valdez who was also a contributor to AFP murdered in Sinaloa in May of the same year.

Since 2000, more than 150 journalists have been murdered in Mexico according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

According to the government, there were 13 murders of reporters in 2022. Most crimes against journalists remain unpunished.”

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