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Missing Mexican lawmaker’s body found following abduction

UPDATED: Wed., June 3, 2020

By Carlos Rodriguez Associated Press

MEXICO CITY – The body of a missing Mexican congresswoman from the western state of Colima has been found in a hidden grave more than a month after armed men abducted her, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Wednesday.

Lopez Obrador expressed his condolences to the family of Anel Bueno, a 38-year-old legislator from his Morena party.

Armed men took Bueno on April 29 while she was promoting health measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Ixtlahuacan, Colima.

During a morning news conference in Campeche, along Mexico’s Gulf coast, the president said that one suspect was in custody.

The Colima state prosecutor’s office said in a statement Wednesday that the lawmaker’s body was found in a grave with the bodies of three men. The bodies were found Monday, but the remains of the lawmaker were not identified until Tuesday.

Additional genetic testing of the remains was planned. Relatives were informed Wednesday, it said.

Colima Gov. Jose Ignacio Peralta said those responsible would be found, and that the state security chief had resigned.

The announcement came one day after Peralta confirmed that seven bodies found inside a vehicle in the port of Manzanillo were seven missing state police officers from neighboring Jalisco state.

“We still don’t know the causes, just that there is someone in custody and there is already a statement about who was responsible,” Lopez Obrador said.

Local press had quoted the lawmaker’s mother as saying that the family waited more than two weeks to speak publicly on recommendation of the Attorney General’s Office.

Colima has faced a high level of violence due to organized crime in recent years, giving it the highest murder rate in Mexico.

Politicians have been targeted before. In 2017 Ixtlahuacan’s mayor, Crispin Gutierrez, was killed. Last July, the mayor of the port of Manzanillo was attacked with gunfire, but escaped unharmed.

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