Honduran news man found dead

Tegucigalpa, Honduras -

The news director for one of Honduras' most important radio stations has been found dead, nearly a week after he was kidnapped.

Journalists weep outside a morgue after being informed that journalist Alfredo Villatoro was found dead near Tegucigalpa May 15, 2012. HRN radio journalist and news coordinator Alfredo Villatoro was found dead in a street on Tuesday night in Tegucigalpa. Villatoro have been kidnapped early May 9, 2012 while heading to his workplace, local media reported. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera. Credit: REUTERS

Security Ministry spokesman Hector Ivan Mejilla says that Alfredo Villatoro was found dead Tuesday in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa.

Mejilla says Villatoro was found shot in the head and dressed in the uniform of an elite police force for unknown reasons. He had been in civilian clothing when seized on May 9. Mejilla and police both say the case appears to have started as a kidnapping. A ransom demand apparently was sent.

Villatoro was news director at RHN radio and had presented a morning news broadcast for 20 years.

The government human rights agency says 22 journalists have been killed in Honduras since the start of 2010. - Sapa-AP