SAN SALVADOR - A Salvadoran journalist reported missing has been found dead on the side of a road, according to media reports.

According to media reports, the body of Karla Turcios, 33, was found on a highway on the outskirts of Santa Rosa Guachipilin, 100 kilometers northeast of San Salvador. “Journalist Karla Turcios was murdered,” the newspaper La Prensa Grafica - a sister title of El Economista magazine, where the mother-of-one worked - tweeted.

A source from the Salvadoran public prosecutor’s office told AFP the body of an apparently strangled woman was found on a highway in the Santa Rosa Guachipilin area - but there were no identifying documents available and the body was transferred for forensic analysis.

La Prensa Grafica said Turcios’ husband identified her body by her clothes and a scar. “We sympathize with your family in these hard times,” the newspaper wrote on Twitter, sharing a photograph of Turcios.

Turcios had been reported as missing by her family and the newspaper earlier Sunday.

According to a public prosecutor’s office source, an investigation is already underway and there are “several hypotheses” as to the circumstances surrounded Turcios’ death.

Meanwhile, El Salvador’s President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said he had “ordered our security authorities to carry out an urgent and effective investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.”