Local officials: crusading Mexican mayor who denounce extortion found dead at roadside

Local officials say a crusading small-town Mexican mayor has been found dead on a roadside in a killing that is drawing national attention.

Former president Felipe Calderon has published tweets from his official Twitter account demanding an explanation of the death of Mayor Ygnacio Lopez Mendoza.

Michoacan state Interior Secretary Jaime Mares told local media Friday that the mayor of the small town of Santa Ana Maya in western Michoacan state was found dead in a neighboring state.

The Mexican Association of Local Authorities says he died Thursday.

The association says that Lopez Mendoza "suffered during his administration not only from a lack of funding, but also drug cartel harassment."

Lopez Mendoza had held a hunger strike recently to press demands for more funds for local governments.