Decomposing body found near PI

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

January 8, 2015

A body described by law enforcement as “badly decomposing” was found Wednesday morning in a rural area near a shore close to the City of Port Isabel. The young male was discovered by local Border Patrol agents who were regularly patrolling the ground because it is considered a common area for illegal crossings and drug trafficking.

“CBP notified us and showed us where the body was,” said Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio. “He appeared to be in this mid-twenties or early thirties and appeared to be wearing fade blue jeans. We are, in the present time, in the process of doing and autopsy.”

The autopsy was ordered by Judge Benny Ochoa. The state of his decaying fingers eliminated the possibility of identification through fingerprint scanning. The salty water in the grounds may have attributed to the body’s condition.

“This is absolutely treated as a homicide for the time being,” Sheriff Ochoa went on to say. “Anytime we find a body like that, in that state, we do every single thing that we need to do- we gather evidence that is possibly around there and get as much information possible before a total determination is made. We will be getting all the details once the autopsy is performed.”

Though not confirmed, the estimated aged range and blue jeans appear to be consistent with that of Port Isabel resident Rogelio Martinez Palestina, who, according to the Port Isabel police department, went missing December 2, and this was reported to the Cameron County Office Pct. 1 the following morning. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol have actively been assisting PI police and local deputy constables as to the whereabouts of the 25 year old, which has had virtually no leads since his disappearance save for the discovery of his abandoned jetta shortly after being reported missing.

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