MEXICO CITY A senior
executive from ArcelorMittal Mexico SA de CV was found dead in
a property in the Guacamayas community of Mexicos
southeastern Michoacan state, the local attorney generals
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
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 worlds
largest steelmaker in 2006.
A preliminary criminal
investigation is now ongoing, Mexican authorities
"We dont 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
A version of this article was first
published by AMM sister publication Steel