Investigative journalist from Mexico magazine found dead


VERACRUZ, Mexico — A correspondent with Mexican newsmagazine Proceso was found dead inside her home in Veracruz state on Saturday and authorities believe the journalist who often wrote about drug trafficking was murdered.

Regina Martinez’s body was found by police inside the bathroom of her home in the state capital, Xalapa, and there were signs of heavy “blows to her face and body,” the state’s Attorney General’s Office said in a statement. Authorities said initial evidence suggested she died of asphyxiation.

Martinez was the Xalapa correspondent for Proceso, one of Mexico’s oldest and most respected investigative newsmagazines, and she often wrote about drug cartels in the area. Proceso said in a news story on its website that she had worked there for 10 years.

Authorities provided no possible motive for her killing.

Recently Veracruz has been plagued by cartel violence. The coastal state is also on a human trafficking route north to the United States.