A former Mexican presidential candidate who has remained a power broker in the ruling party was missing amid signs of violence, the federal Attorney General's Office said Saturday.
Prosecutors said that the car of Diego Fernandez de Cevallos "Jefe Diego" was found near his ranch in the central state of Queretaro. It said some of his belongings were found inside the car as well as unspecified "signs of violence." It is uncofirmed that traces of blood and two bullet impacts were found in his vehicle.
The Mexican newspaper El Universal reported that federal sources said Fernandez de Cevallos had been kidnapped, but a federal prosecutor' spokeswoman said she couldn't confirm that.
According to information revealed by Panista Manuel Espino through his Twitter account the body of former presidential candidate Diego Fernandez was found in a military camp in Queretaro.
"They are telling me that he is in fact dead and his body was found in a military camp in Queretaro," reads one of the post in Espino's social network.
Minutes later, through the same medium, the Panista clarified that this is the information that he has but can not be confirmed.
"The Public Ministry is the only one who can confirm this, but I share share what I an being told by friends who have spoken with a family of DFC (sic)."
Fernandez de Cevallos, 69, was the 1994 presidential candidate of the National Action Party that now governs Mexico and he has continued to be an influential figure, as well as one of Mexico's most successful attorneys.
The bearded, cigar-chomping candidate jumped out of obscurity during Mexico's first televised debate by presidential candidates in 1994, striking a chord with the middle class with his calls to topple a party that had held power since 1929.
He finished second to Ernesto Zedillo that year, but his party finally won the presidency six years later when Vicente Fox was elected.
Fernandez de Cevallos served as a senator and congressman while also winning some of the country's largest court judgments, often in suits against government agencies.