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Journalist and husband were tortured, say autopsies

Autopsies conducted on the bodies of an Ecuadorian journalist and her husband show the couple was tortured before they were killed, reports FUNDAMEDIOS.

The bodies of Mayra Emilia Aguilar Dueñas, the manager of Milagro City TV, and her husband, Manuel Antonio Maridueña Alvarado, who worked for the Yaguachi municipality, were found in a river in Guayas Province on 11 September.

According to Fundamedios, autopsies revealed Maridueña Alvarado was tied and blindfolded and Aguilar Dueñas died as a result of beatings.

Francisco Asan of Milagro City TV told FUNDAMEDIOS he did not believe the killings were an act of retaliation against Aguilar related to her work because the station only broadcasts community-related information. However, Xavier Manzanillas, the Yaguachi public prosecutor, told FUNDAMEDIOS that the possibility that the crime may be related to Aguilar's work at the station has not been ruled out. Daniel Avecilla, the mayor of Yaguachi and Maridueña's boss, told the Ecuavisa television network that Maridueña Alvarado had been working on a campaign to inform citizens about the work done by the municipality.

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