Cattle baron slain in Mexico

Last Updated: Sat, Jan 29, 2011 05:20 hrs

Monterrey (Mexico), Jan 29 (IANS/EFE) A Mexican cattle baron was found slain Friday a few hours after his abduction in suburban Monterrey, an official said.

The body of the 74-year-old Arturo B. de la Garza was dumped near the town of China on the highway linking Monterrey, the state capital, with the border city of Reynosa, an official spokesperson told EFE.

He was kidnapped Thursday night outside the headquarters of the state ranchers union in Guadalupe.

A message was found alongside the cattle baron's body, but authorities have not revealed its content.

De la Garza, a former federal congressman, president of the Nuevo Leon ranchers union and unsuccessful candidate for state governor, was once an important figure in the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which governed Mexico from 1929-2000.

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