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ArcelorMittal Mexico executive found dead

Keywords: Tags  ArcelorMittal Mexico, ArcelorMittal, Virgilio Camacho Cepeda, Mexican police, Canacero, Enrique Pena Nieto

MEXICO CITY — A senior executive from ArcelorMittal Mexico SA de CV was found dead in a property in the Guacamayas community of Mexico’s southeastern Michoacan state, the local attorney general’s office said April 9.

On the evening of April 8, Virgilio Camacho Cepeda, head of institutional relations at ArcelorMittal Mexico for the past five years, "disappeared without (a) trace," the company, part of Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal SA, told AMM sister publication Steel First. "The authorities were informed of the situation and they are following several lines of investigation."

Camacho Cepeda started his career in 1972 as engineer of steel rolling projects at Siderúrgica Lázaro Cárdenas Las Truchas SA de CV (Sicartsa), which was acquired by the world’s largest steelmaker in 2006.

A preliminary criminal investigation is now ongoing, Mexican authorities confirmed.

"We don’t remember another death like this one (in the Mexican steel industry)," a spokesman for Mexican steel association Canacero told Steel First, adding that the association deeply regretted "the deplorable murder" of Camacho Cepeda.

Canacero also called on authorities to "take the necessary actions to ensure an environment of security in Lázaro Cárdenas."

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office Dec. 1, 2012, has inherited a war against Mexican drug cartels that cost at least 70,000 lives in the previous six-year administration and resulted in the disappearance of thousands of others.

Peña Nieto has adjusted the strategy of his predecessor, Felipe Calderón, and promised to focus more on the crimes that affect ordinary people. He also plans to create a new police force to patrol the most dangerous parts of the country.

A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First.

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