Mexico’s top prosecutor on Thursday offered a $380,000 reward for information in the kidnapping and murder of a newspaper reporter who was found beaten and dead in an irrigation canal in northern Mexico this week.
The Attorney General’s Office said it would pay 5 million pesos to anyone providing “true, useful, relevant and opportune” intelligence that helps to identify and detain those involved in the killing of Eliseo Barron Hernandez.
The agency said it was the first time it has offered a reward to help solve the death of a journalist.
The agency announced its offer in a declaration published in the Mexico City newspaper Milenio, which owns the paper for which Barron worked, La Opinion de Torreon.
Barron, who covered police news for 11 years in the northern state of Coahuila, was at home with his wife and two daughters on Monday night when armed men burst in and took him by force, according to Milenio.
Police found his battered body on Tuesday morning. It was dumped in an irrigation canal on a farm in the town of Gomez Palacio.
The killing was condemned by international human rights groups and the United Nations, which asked Mexican authorities to quickly find those responsible. No one has yet been detained, nor is a motive known.
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission began its own investigation, noting that 50 journalists have been murdered in Mexico since 2000 amid escalating drug violence.