Body of missing Mexican candidate found

The body of a candidate running for mayor of a town in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua has been found, state officials say.

Jaime Orozco, a candidate with the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) that has governed Mexico for most of the past century, had been missing since Monday, The Associated Press reported.

Chihuahua state prosecutors spokesman Carlos Gonzalez said on Wednesday that Orozcoâ„¢s bullet-riddled body was found along a road near the town of Guadalupe y Calvo, where he was running for mayor.

Local and regional elections are to be held next month in Chihuahua and several other states.

Chihuahua has long been plagued by drug gang violence.

At least 30 mayors have been assassinated over the past half-dozen years in Mexico.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since former President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against Mexicoâ„¢s drug cartels in December 2006.

Current Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has vowed to reduce the crime rate as he continues the campaign against the drug cartels.

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