A Mexican reporter taken from her house by unidentified individuals in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz has been found dead, Mexican authorities stated on Tuesday.
Anabel Flores Salazar's body was discovered on a highway in the state if Puebla, Veracruz prosecutors said in a statement.
Salazar, an El Sol de Orizaba crime journalist based in Veracruz was kidnapped on Monday.
Mexican authorities said that in the on-going investigation, Salazar’s connections are examined as prosecutors say she had been in the company of an alleged Zetas drug gang member when he was arrested in 2014.
"Veracruz authorities have a history of denigrating the activities of local journalists without providing any concrete evidence," said Carlos Lauria, senior America program coordinator at the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. "We urge authorities to abstain from making unfounded accusations that may further endanger the Veracruz media."
Reporters have been targeted since Governor Javier Duarte took office in 2010 while at least 15 of them have been killed in Veracruz. Duarte's administration has taken heat for claiming some of the murdered journalists held ties with drug gangs.
In August, a reporter was killed by five armed men in Orizaba while he was sitting with an alleged drug gang boss.