Missing newspaper employee found dead in apparent suicide in Mexico

Update: According to the Sunday, March 10 print edition of El Diario, authorities found Campos dead in the city of Aguaprieta, Sonora. They presume the cause of death was suicide.

"Unofficially, Campos was found hanged inside a hotel room, however, the official cause of death has yet to be determined," reported the newspaper.

Authorities notified Campos' family of his death on Saturday, March 9.

The original version of this story incorrectly identified Campos as a reporter for the El Diario newspaper. Campos worked in an administrative capacity for the periodical working with images.

Original: An employee of El Diario de Cuidad Juárez has been missing since Thursday, March 7, according to the newspaper located in the border city.

The newspaper and his family members said that Víctor Javier Campos, 30, was last seen at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, leaving his home on his way to work, where he never arrived.

According to witnesses, suspects knidnaped Campos just before he could enter the Diario de Juárez offices and forced him into their vehicle, reported El Mexicano.

A day before the disappearance, the newspaper was the target of a shooting.

Campos worked for El Diario since 2002.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.