Authorities in Salvador found this Saturday in a torrent the body of Jade Camila Diaz, a 27 year old transsexual missing since Tuesday in the department of Morazan, in the north-east of the country.
"We regret to inform you that Jade Diaz's body was found in the waters of the Torola River," the Attorney General's Office (FGR) reported on Twitter.
Jade Diaz was creating a transgender women's collective in San Francisco Gotera, the provincial capital of Morazan, and had helped the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Government of El Salvador to develop a "response mechanism" to the humanitarian crisis of forced displacement and migration.
Jade Diaz is the second woman transsexual murdered in El Salvador in less than 15 days, after Anahy Miranda Rivas, also attacked by strangers late October. Since the beginning of the year, six transgender women have been murdered.
The body of Jade Diaz, born Ricardo Manrique Diaz, was found "hands tied and weighted with a bag of stones," said Bianka Rodriguez, president of the association Comcavis Trans, to which Jade Diaz belonged.
According to the prosecution, Jade Diaz had been dead for three or four days and "the cause of his death will be determined during his autopsy".
A life expectancy that does not exceed 35 years, according to associations
Monica Linares, the director of another association, Aspid-Arcoiris Trans, said she was "concerned" that the Salvadoran state "does not denounce" these crimes. She also pointed out that these murders remained "unpunished" and that the perpetrators are never arrested.
Organizations promoting sexual diversity believe that the life expectancy of a transgender woman in El Salvador does not exceed 35 years.