The body of a missing journalist who belonged to the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual, or LGTB, community was found in a village on the highway to Olancho, a city in eastern Honduras, a prosecutor's office spokesman said.

Erick Martinez's body was discovered Monday in Aldea Guasculile, located near Olancho province, prosecutor's office spokesman Melvin Duarte told Efe.

"The coroner's office has not determined the cause of death. It is being investigated because there were no gunshot wounds, but there were many blows," Duarte said.

The body of the reporter, who had been missing since Saturday, has been released to his family, the prosecutor's office spokesman said.

Martinez worked with the Asociacion Kukulcan, a gay and lesbian organization, and founded the Diversity Resistance Movement, or MDR.

He ran for a seat in Congress from Francisco Morazan province on the ticket of the People's Refounding Force, or FRP, a movement of the Liberty and Refounding Party, or Libre, which emerged from the National People's Resistance Front, or FNRP, organized after the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya on June 28, 2009.

Twenty-two journalists have been murdered in Honduras since 2003, but none of the killings have been solved by authorities.

Fausto Hernandez, who worked for a radio station in Saba, was murdered on March 11 in the Caribbean province of Colon.

At least 20 members of the LGTB community were murdered in the Central American country between 2010 and 2011, but no one has been punished for the killings, the Human Rights Commissioner's Office said.