The charred body of a federal police commander was found with signs of torture and asphyxiation in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, officials said Saturday.

The corpse of the Ministerial Federal Police coordinator in Sinaloa, Saul Carrasco Villa, was discovered around 10:00 p.m. Friday just outside the town of Tamazula II, near a water theme park, a spokesperson for the federal Attorney General's Office said.

Carrasco was found shirtless and with numerous blows on his body, that same spokesperson and another with the Sinaloa state Attorney General's Office added.

The federal law-enforcement official was kidnapped on Thursday in Culiacan, the state capital, while eating at a restaurant.

Heavily armed assailants located the police commander inside the establishment, stuffed him into a vehicle and drove away.

The federal AG's office said in a statement after the abduction that federal, state and municipal police were involved in the search but had been unable to locate Carrasco.

The Ministerial Federal Police is Mexico's equivalent of the FBI.

EFE