Tegucigalpa – The body of journalist Alfredo Villatoro, who was kidnapped last week, was found in the southern section of Tegucigalpa, Honduran Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla said.
Villatoro's remains were found Tuesday and taken to the coroner's office, Security Ministry spokesman Hector Ivan Mejia said.
The journalist, who was abducted last Wednesday, was "shot two times in the head," Mejia said.
Villatoro's murder is "a reprehensible act," Justice and Human Rights Minister Ana Pineda said.
"The situation of violence in the country is unbearable," Pineda said.
The 47-year-old Villatoro, who was from the northern city of La Lima, was kidnapped May 9 while driving to radio station HRN, where he had been employed for two decades and worked as news coordinator.
Villatoro's body was found around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a few hours after President Porfirio Lobo said there was evidence the journalist was still alive.
The kidnappers placed a red bandanna on Villatoro's head and dressed him in a National Police uniform, media reports said.
Villatoro was apparently intercepted by six assailants traveling in two vehicles, according to media accounts. His car was found abandoned in Tres Caminos, a residential neighborhood in Tegucigalpa.
The National Police is undergoing an overhaul aimed at ridding it of officers allegedly involved in auto theft, drug trafficking and other crimes.
Journalism has become a dangerous occupation in Honduras, where 29 media professionals have been slain since 2003.
None of the killings have been solved, the National Human Rights Commission said.
Erick Alejandro Martinez, a reporter who was also a spokesman for a gay and lesbian rights organization, and a member of the resistance front that arose after the June 2009 overthrow of reformist President Mel Zelaya, was found dead last week.
The 32-year-old journalist was found dead on May 7 in Tegucigalpa.
Honduran reporters reacted to Villatoro's kidnapping by demanding government action to protect journalists and vigorous efforts to find and punish Martinez's killers.