Beautiful Mexican journalist and model Michell Simon has been found dead and wrapped in sheets in a ravine in the country’s capital.
Simon, 29, real name Michelle Perez Tadeo, was found dead by the Picacho-Ajusco highway in Mexico City by firefighters battling a blaze.
She was reportedly found in a ravine and was identified by her distinctive tattoos.
The police arrived on the scene and opened an investigation into the TV presenter’s death, gathering evidence and taking statements from witnesses.
Some local reports said the body had suffered numerous blows. However, the police have not released the cause of death and said they are currently working on several different lines of investigation.
Relatives and friends of the journalist, originally from the eastern state of Veracruz, reported her missing last Friday.
If the authorities confirm that she was killed, Simon would be the seventh journalist killed in Mexico so far this year.
Media protection groups and human rights activists claim that drug gangs and corrupt officials are suspected of carrying out many of the killings.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Tuesday that the number of journalists being killed in Mexico this year is concerning.
He wrote in a tweet on 23rd February: “The high number of journalists killed in Mexico this year and the ongoing threats they face are concerning. I join those calling for greater accountability and protections for Mexican journalists. My heart goes out to the loved ones of those who gave their lives for the truth.”
Last week, journalists in the north-western border city of Tijuana staged protests to urge President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to take action to end the violence against media workers.
Simon lived in Mexico City for several years while working as a model before returning to her home city of Veracruz to present sports programmes.
She leaves behind a young daughter.
The investigation continues.