Raúl Hernández Romero, a part-time guide and conservationist at Mexico’s largest monarch butterfly reserve, was discovered dead Friday in the Mexican state of Michoacán, local authorities said in a statement released Saturday.
He was found with “blunt blows on different parts of the body and a head injury, caused by a sharp object,” the statement said.
Romero was reported missing by relatives hours before his body was found. His wife said he was last seen January 27 when he was leaving his home in San Pedro Libertad, according to officials.
He is the second butterfly activist to be found dead in less than a week.
Mexico’s State Commission for Human Rights said it believes Gomez, known as the “Defender of the Monarch Butterfly,” might have come into conflict with illegal loggers while carrying out his conservation work.