Journalist Hugo Olivera, a newspaper editor in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, was found shot to death early Tuesday, family members and colleagues said.
They said that farmers came upon Olivera around 3:00 a.m. on the road between the towns of Tepalcatepec and Aguililla. The victim had been left inside his pickup truck.
The 27-year-old victim was the son of David Olivera, founder of El Dia de Michoacan newspaper. Besides editing that publication, Hugo ran the regional news agency ADN and was a contributor to the Quadratin news service.
Hugo Olivera was last seen alive at 9:00 p.m. Monday, when he left the El Dia de Michoacan/ADN offices in Apatzingan.
The journalist, who leaves behind a wife and two children, had not received any threats prior to his death, family members said, though he did file a complaint last year with the state Human Rights Commission after suffering a beating at the hands of police.
After Olivera’s body was found, unknown intruders entered his office and removed hard drives from the computers, the family said.
Mexico is the most dangerous country in the Americas for journalists, according to Reporters Without Borders, while Michoacan is one of the states hardest hit by a drug war that has claimed more than 23,000 lives in Mexico since December 2006.