The hacked-up bodies of a newspaper photographer and another young man have been found in the northern Mexico city of Saltillo.

The newspaper Vanguardia says photographer Daniel Martinez Bazaldua had recently been hired to cover social events. He was 22.

Vanguardia said Thursday authorities confirmed the two bodies had been found Wednesday, next to the kind of hand-lettered signs frequently used by drug cartels.

Saltillo is located in northern Coahuila state, an area where the Zetas drug cartel is active.

The state government said the sign suggested the two young men had deserted from a drug gang.

Another Coahuila newspaper recently announced it would no longer publish stories about drug gangs, after receiving threats.