Deputies identify body found near Pawnee as Honduran immigrant
by Gary Kent
May 30, 2009 | 1199 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bee County deputies have identified the body of a man found on the side of the road early Wednesday near Pawnee.

Deputy Sgt. Steve Linam said the man was Julio Hernandez, 25, a native of Honduras, who was in the country illegally.

Linam said law enforcement officers in Karnes County were the first to learn of the man. He said a resident of that county called the Karnes County Sheriff’s Office after a man knocked on the door of a rural residence there at 9:22 p.m. Tuesday. The man told the resident that his friend was sick and possibly dying.

He then told the man that the two of them had been “dumped” near the house “by a coyote.”

The man then left and was not seen again.

Karnes County deputies searched the area and were unable to find anyone.

Linam said the body was discovered early Wednesday by a passing motorist just northwest of Pawnee at the intersection of State Highway 72 and FM 882.

Investigators reportedly found no signs of foul play and no injuries or wounds were visible on the victim’s body.

Deputy Capt. Dan Caddell and Lt. Jason Hinds were in Corpus Christi late Thursday to witness an autopsy of the body.

Linam said Friday morning that the Nueces County medical examiner found no signs of foul play during the examination of the body. However, toxicology tests had not yet been completed.

The deputy said investigators were able to locate a brother of the man who was in Houston illegally. The brother then contacted an uncle who was working in Dallas on a green card.

The uncle traveled to Karnes County and was searching for the victim in a hospital when he learned that the man had died.

Deputies showed the uncle photographs of the body but he was unable to identify him from a photo because he had not seen his nephew in years.

However, he was able to identify the man based on a burn scar and the fact that the victim has extra digits on his feet.

Linam said the uncle is taking care of funeral arrangements.

“It’s just another case of how illegals are treated as cargo and are expendable,” Linam said.

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