Probe ongoing in three homicides

PRESS Staff Report

investigationInvestigators with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department continue probing three homicides which, although the bodies of two were discovered near Laguna Madre waters in less than two weeks time, are considered unrelated.

On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard retrieved the body of 65-year-old Michael McPeak of Port Isabel near the Paradise Cove Subdivision in Laguna Vista.

His death is being treating as a homicide after a fisherman found McPeak’s body Friday morning. Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said deputies believe the body was in the water for at least 48 hours. On Friday, Lucio said that there was no evidence linking the third victim to what are considered two other unrelated cases.

The discovery of McPeak’s body is the third to occur in less than two week’s time, with the prior two incidents involving bodies being discovered in the area of Beach Access 6.

As previously reported by the PRESS, the corpse of a woman reportedly clothed in green shorts and a purplish-colored shirt, with no identification on her person, was discovered around 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10, by a passerby who reportedly observed coyotes eating something in the sand. This activity yielded concern and the individual alerted the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department of the situation.

The victim is reportedly “a very petite female, estimated to be between the ages of 17-21,” said Lucio. Additionally, Lucio said authorities believe the body “may have been buried for at least a week to 10 days.”

Then there was the death of 35-year-old Jeremy Tyrone Eyster, whose body washed to shore on September 29 near the same location. A fatal gunshot wound to the head has caused authorities to also treat Eyster’s death as a homicide.

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