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VERACRUZ, Mexico — Mexican authorities were holding 13 police officers for investigation Thursday in the disappearance of kidnapped journalist Moises Sanchez, and awaiting the results of DNA tests on two dead bodies to determine whether one may be him.

Those detained represent about a third of the police force of Medellin de Bravo in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz. All 38 of the municipality’s officers were brought in to give statements earlier this week.

Prosecutor Luis Angel Bravo said late Wednesday that the 13 can be held for up to 30 days while the investigation is carried out.

Sanchez, whose weekly publication covered local violence and government corruption, was taken from his home in Medellin de Bravo last Friday by a group of armed men. The Inter American Press Association has said he was threatened several times last year

The two corpses being examined were found in the area in the days after his disappearance, but so far there has been no confirmation of their identities.

“The genetic tests will be conclusive in either positive or negative results,” Bravo said in the state capital of Xalapa, where he was interviewed by local reporters who had blocked a main road for over three hours to protest their colleague’s disappearance.

Press advocacy groups say Veracruz is one of the most dangerous states in Mexico for reporters. Since 2011, at least three journalists have been killed for their work.

 

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