Mexican Journo Missing for Months Found Dead in Apparent Accident

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By: E&P Staff

The body of the online editor of a U.S.-based weekly has been discovered, exactly three weeks after he disappeared in a Mexican border region where other journalists have disappeared or been assassinated, the Mexico City daily El Universal reported Tuesday.

Gerardo Guevara Dom?nguez, the online editor of Siglo 21 published in Oxnard, Calif., was discovered at the bottom of a precipice near the northern Mexican town of Ocampo. The death of Guevara, a Mexican national who lived in Guadalajara, does not appear to be related to his journalistic work.

El Universal reported that an initial necropsy determined he had died after falling into the 50-foot crevasse. His family had reported him missing Oct. 8 after he disappeared while riding his motorcycle on the way to the state of Chihuahua.

He was found by a family that noticed a motorcycle deep in the rugged terrain. Guevara’s decayed body was found nearby, the paper reported.

Guevara’s disappearance, however, triggered great concern because it came just three months after Rafael Ortiz Mart?nez of the local daily Z?calo disappeared in Monclova, in the northern state of Coahuila. The Mexican side of the U.S. border has been a particularly hazardous region for Mexican journalists, who are targeted by narcotics traffickers and corrupted officials.

At the time of his disappearance, the family of Guevara, 54, said he had not received any threats before his disappearance.

Guevara was a motorcycle enthusiast who was on his way to a convention of bikers when he disappeared.

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