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Journalist Kidnapped in Southern Mexico Found Dead

by The Associated Press /  / Updated 
A Civil Forces police patrols in Tierra Blanca community, Veracruz State, Mexico on January 25, 2016.ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP - Getty Images

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities say a reporter who was dragged from her home by armed assailants in Veracruz state has been found dead.

The government of Veracruz says in a statement that Anabel Flores Salazar's body was discovered Tuesday on a highway in the neighboring state of Puebla. The corpse was identified by family members.

Flores Salazar was a crime-beat reporter for a local newspaper in the Veracruz city of Orizaba. She was kidnapped at her home near the city before dawn Monday.

Related: Gunmen Kidnap Female Reporter in Southern Mexico

At least 15 journalists have been killed in Veracruz since Gov. Javier Duarte took office in 2010 and three more have disappeared.