The mayor of the northern Mexican city of Santiago, Edelmiro Cavazos was found dead in the nearby city of Monterrey, three days after he was kidnapped by 15 gunmen last Sunday.
The mayor was returning home from a public function when the gunmen broke into his home and forced him into a car, according to BBC. His body was found handcuffed and blindfolded.
Rodrigo Medina, the state governor of Nuevo Leon, where both cities are located, believes that Cavazos was abducted because of his recent attempts to fight corruption in the city’s police force.
Oftentimes, drug gangs kidnap public officials in exchange for high ransom. According to BBC, Monterrey has been rife with violence after one of Mexico’s most dangerous drug cartels, Los Zetas, extended their operations to Nuevo Leon.