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Regina Martinez, Mexican Journalist, Found Dead In Xalapa, Veracruz

04/28/12 11:20 PM ET AP

Regina Martinez
Journalists embrace each other during a demonstration condemning the alleged murderer of fellow journalist Regina Martinez in Mexico City, Sunday, April 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

VERACRUZ, Mexico -- Authorities in the Mexican state of Veracruz say the body of a journalist with the national newsmagazine Proceso has been found dead inside her home.

The Veracruz Attorney General's Office has released a statement saying Regina Martinez's body was found in the bathroom of her house in Xalapa, Veracruz, and that authorities believe she was murdered.

The statement said that the journalist's body showed signs of "blows to the head and body" and initial evidence suggested she died of asphyxiation.

Martinez was the Xalapa correspondent for Proceso, one of Mexico's oldest and most respected investigative newsmagazines, and often covered drug trafficking in her stories.

The Attorney General's Office said that Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte had ordered an investigation into her death. She was found on Saturday

Authorities provided no motive for her killing.

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