The body of Marbella Ibarra, who founded Mexico’s first women’s soccer team, was discovered Monday in Rosarito, Mexico, according to reports. Family members had reported the 44-year-old woman missing in mid-September, believing she had been kidnapped. Authorities said her body, which was wrapped in plastic, showed signs of torture. Her death is being investigated as a murder, but authorities told the BBC they do not believe it was related to her role as a coach and football promoter. Though never a player herself, Ibarra used her income from a beauty salon she owned to fund an amateur women’s team. Ibarra had recently been working on a foundation to support young female soccer players financially.
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