News Americas, Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Weds. July 22, 2014: A day after he was reported missing, the body of television reporter Herlyn Espinal has been found with two gunshot wounds to this body.
National Police chief Ramon Sabillon said Espinal’s half naked was found on the side of a highway. His family has identified the body as that of Espinal.
Espinal, 32, worked for a news program on Channel 3 television in San Pedro Sula, considered the most violent city in Honduras with the highest homicide rate in the world of 90.4 per 100,000 inhabitants.
He disappeared Sunday morning after a meal at a restaurant with friends. He parked his car in front of his mother’s house and then was see getting into another vehicle with three other people inside.
Sabillon reported that one suspect has been detained with the death of Espinal.
Thirty seven media workers have been slain in the Central American country over the last 10 years but there has only been one conviction.