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Journalist killed in El Salvador

August 26, 1997

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) _ Police who found the battered body of a radio journalist near the Salvadoran capital Monday are investigating whether the attack was related to her reporting.

Colleagues of Maria Lorena Saravia at Radio Corporacion Salvadorena in the suburbs of the capital said they called police when she failed to return home after reading the news Sunday evening.

National police officers found the body in a field Monday afternoon. Narciso Castillo, director of the radio station, said police told him the body showed signs of violence, although they would not elaborate.

``We don’t know what is behind this murder,″ Castillo said. ``We hope it isn’t an attack on the news media.″

Saravia had worked for the radio station, known as RCS, for nearly a year. She had previously been a television news anchor.

Her killing was the first of a journalist in El Salvador since the civil war, which ended in 1992. During the war, 21 journalists were killed.

Saravia’s two sons, 6 and 8, were placed in an orphanage.

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