MORELIA, Mexico – Police in western Mexico discovered the charred remains of a journalist who was kidnapped last month, Michoacan state Attorney General Martin Godoy said Monday.
Salvador Adame Pardo, a veteran journalist who ran Channel 6TV in Nueva Italia, Michoacan, was abducted May 18 in the town of Mugica.
Godoy said the body was discovered June 14 at the bottom of a ravine alongside the road between Mugica and Gabriel Zamora and that subsequent DNA testing at the morgue in Morelia, the state capital, confirmed that the remains were those of Adame.
A suspect detained last week told police that Adame was kidnapped, killed, and burned on the orders of reputed drug trafficker Feliciano Ledezma, the state attorney general said at a press conference.
The investigation suggests that Ledezma bore a personal grudge toward Adame, Godoy said.
Nueva Italia lies in a region plagued by strife among a number of rival drug cartels, including La Nueva Familia Michoacana, Los Viagras, Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel, and Los Caballeros Templarios.
Adame decided several years ago that Channel 6TV would no longer cover gangland violence, seeking to avoid reprisals by the criminals.
In April 2016, Adame and his wife, fellow journalist Frida Urtiz Martinez, were detained and beaten by Michoacan state police after they filmed the cops violently evicting a group of women protesters from Nueva Italia city hall.
Adame’s death brings to eight the number of journalists slain in Mexico this year.
The most high-profile victim was Javier Valdez, 50, who was known and respected for his coverage of Mexico’s drug war.
The journalist was gunned down last month in the northwestern city of Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, while walking near the offices of Riodoce, a newsweekly he helped found.