Victim’s death likely tied to human traffickers

On Friday August 14 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Jourdanton Police Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Marion Ave. for the report of a deceased body that had been found on the side of the roadway.

The body was found by neighbors who were walking down the street.

Officers made that location and located a deceased individual of Hispanic decent that appeared to be in his early 20’s. Initial observations showed no traumatic injuries to the deceased. He had two cell phones on him that were recovered by police.

A Texas Ranger also was on scene and assisted Jourdanton Investigators as they worked to identify the deceased subject.

Initial findings are that the decedent is a Mexican National who was being smuggled illegally into the United States and fell ill and died. Indications are that human traffickers then dumped his body on the semi-rural road on the edge of Jourdanton.

The father and mother of the deceased, who are living in California, have been contacted and local police have met with them to obtain a DNA sample to match to the body found in Jourdanton and confirm the identity.

An autopsy was performed Sunday by the Bexar County Medical Examiner and no traumatic injury was found and foul play is not suspected.

Jourdanton Police have been in contact with the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding this incident as well as with District Attorney Rene Pena whose office focuses on Human Trafficking in South Texas.

Jourdanton Police Chief Eric Kaiser stated, “We want to thank the Texas Rangers for their assistance, as well as the San Bruno, California Police Department and the other agencies who are teaming up with us to find out exactly what happened to this individual. This is another example of the dangers associated with human trafficking and the low regard that those who perpetuate this crime have for those being transported.”

For further information contact the Jourdanton Police Department at 830- 769-2241 x303.

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