The body of Veracruz journalist José Moisés Sánchez Cerezo, missing since Jan. 2, has been found on the outskirts of Medellín de Bravo, Mexico, state prosecutor Luís Angel Bravo announced on Sunday. A former police officer confessed to participating in the murder, according to Bravo, at the behest of Medellín de Bravo Mayor Omar Cruz Reyes.
Former police officer Clemente Noé Rodríguez Martínez confessed that he and five accomplices killed Sánchez Cerezo. The men allegedly beheaded the journalist and disposed of his body in a ravine. Rodríguez Martínez said that he acted under orders of the local police force’s deputy director, Martín López Meneses, who in turn was reportedly told to carry out the attack by Mayor Cruz Reyes. Aside from acting as deputy director for the police force, López Meneses also reportedly worked as the mayor’s chauffeur and bodyguard.
Sánchez Cerezo owned and edited a weekly community newspaper called La Unión. He was a vocal critic of Cruz Reyes, and posted several condemnations of the mayor on his Facebook page in the days prior to his disappearance.
On Jan. 2, a group of armed men charged Sánchez Cerezo’s home and removed the journalist by force as his son looked on. The men confiscated a cell phone, a camera and a computer.