Mexican anti-logging activist’s death suspected to have been murder


A Mexican environmentalist found dead earlier this week had suffered head trauma and drowned, authorities have revealed, adding weight to his family’s fears that he was murdered.

Homero Gomez Gonzalez’s relatives warned that bad things are happening to human-rights and environmental activists in Mexico and that people are afraid.

The body of Mr Gomez Gonzalez, who was well known for his efforts to protect a forest where monarch butterflies spend the winter, was discovered on Wednesday near the nature reserve.

Michoacan state prosecutors initially reported that he had drowned and that they had found no signs of trauma, but on Thursday they said that more detailed autopsy results had discovered evidence of a head injury.

Authorities said an investigation was continuing, suggesting that the case was not considered an accident.