VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) — The body of a police beat reporter was found Tuesday in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, the second reporter from the same newspaper slain in a month.
Yolanda Ordaz de la Cruz, who worked for the daily newspaper Notiver in the port city of Veracruz, had been missing since Sunday night, when she told relatives she was on her way to cover a news event.
Her body was found behind the offices of another newspaper and near a radio station in the neighboring city of Boca del Rio, said Veracruz state Attorney General Reynaldo Escobar Perez.
Escobar said Ordaz's throat had been slit and that a message that read "Friends also betray. Sincerely, Carranza," was found with the body.
He said police beat reporters in the area would be questioned as part of the investigation.
The daily Notiver first reported Ordaz's body had been found in a story published Tuesday on its front page and on its website.
Escobar said organized crime is suspected in the slaying and that authorities are also looking into possible links to the June killing of Notiver's editorial director, Miguel Angel Lopez Velasco. Lopez was shot to death together with his wife and son inside their home.
Lopez, 55, wrote a column about politics and crime.
Veracruz state investigators have identified former traffic police officer Juan Carlos Carranza Saavedra as the main suspect in Lopez's killing.
Escobar last month announced a $300,000 peso ($25,000) reward for Carranza's capture and said the officer had earlier personal problems with Lopez, but didn't give any other details.
Escobar also said then that Carranza was suspected of involvement in several burglaries in Veracruz, but didn't mention any links to organized crime groups.
Mexico's Human Rights Commission said it would open its own investigation into Ordaz's killing.
"The practice of journalism has to be guaranteed and there needs to be an end to the impunity that is also victimizing the field," the commission said in a statement.
Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights says 71 journalists have been killed since 2000 and that 13 more have disappeared.
Other press freedom groups consider the numbers high and differ on the definition of what constitutes a journalist in Mexico's homicide figures.
The Committee to Protect Journalists, for example, says that 48 journalists have been killed or disappeared in Mexico since 2000, including three newspaper carriers who were killed for distributing newspapers.