Prosecutors to quiz Mexico mayor over editor's kidnap

A journalist holds a poster during a protest for the disappearance of journalist Moises Sanchez Cerezo in front of the municipal palace of Medellín de Bravo, Veracruz, Mexico on January 5, 2015 (AFP Photo/Koral Carballo)

Veracruz (Mexico) (AFP) - Prosecutors want to speak to a Mexican mayor as part of an investigation into the kidnapping of a journalist by gunmen a week ago, authorities said Friday.

The Veracruz state prosecutor's office said in a statement that it had invited Omar Cruz Reyez, mayor of Medellin de Bravo, "to present his testimony" on Monday.

The prosecutor's office noted that Cruz has offered to help the investigation into the abduction of Moises Sanchez, the editor of Medellin de Bravo newspaper La Union.

Authorities detained 13 municipal officers this week in connection with the journalist's January 2 abduction by gunmen who stormed his home.

His newspaper published stories related to drug trafficking in Veracruz, a state beset by cartel violence.

His family is nervously awaiting DNA results on a body found on a roadside 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Medellin de Bravo on Monday night.

Mexico is reeling from cases of abuse by authorities, notably the presumed murder of 43 college students at the hands of a drug gang in league with municipal police and a mayor in Guerrero state.

Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, with 81 media workers killed since 2000, according to press rights group Reporters Without Borders.