Jaramillo, deputy director of the newspaper El Sur in Pasto from June to August, was reported missing on October 24. His dismembered body was found the following week. Because of the gruesome nature of his murder, involvement by organized crime is suspected. Before taking that job at El Sur, Jaramillo had lived in exile in Ecuador, where he fled in 1989 after receiving death threats. Several years earlier, in an incident that may have been related to his work as a police reporter, he was shot and injured while working for El País in Cali.