New York, February 15, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the disappearance of Mauricio Estrada Zamora, a crime reporter for the daily La Opinión de Apatzingán in the central Mexican state of Michoacán.
Estrada, 38, was last seen on February 12 at approximately 11 p.m., when he left the newspaper. He left alone and indicated that he was heading to his home in Apatzingán, colleagues told CPJ. On the morning of February 13, local authorities found Estrada’s car in Buena Vista Tomatlán, a municipality near Apatzingán. The policeman who found the car alerted La Opinión de Apatzingán staff after finding Estrada’s press pass in the car windshield. The car was parked, but its engine was running. The doors were open and several items were missing, including a stereo and Estrada’s camera and laptop, La Opinión de Apatzingán staff told CPJ.