Presidio County Officials Investigate Body Found in Rio Grande

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

PRESIDIO COUNTY--A body found floating in the Rio Grande River. Presidio authorities are trying to figure out who the man is and whether his death is tied to the escalating drug violence across the border.

A handful of execution style killings have taken place across the border from Presidio in Ojinaga, Mexico.  Even though he doesn't have any definite proof, Sheriff Danny Dominguez thinks this John Doe is a piece to the puzzle.

Last week, Dominguez and his deputies were called out by Border Patrol agents after someone reported seeing a body floating in the Rio Grande River.  When they got there, they found a Hispanic man, between 30 and 40 years old, shot in the head with his hands behind his back.

The man had no ID on him but was fully dressed in khaki shorts and a blue t-shirt.  According to Dominguez, based on how badly the body had already begun to decompose, he must have been in the water for at least three to five days.

So far, they have no leads that would help them identify the body but given the recent activity across the river, Dominguez says he's confident he's not a U.S. citizen, " I'm pretty sure it's related to the other killings in Ojinaga, during the time that we found it, but we're not sure.  We're concerned about it and it doesn't happen too much, but there has been an increase of violence. We're taking extra measures to try and accommodate it as it comes."

Dominguez says they are waiting for autopsy reports to come back in hopes that finger prints might tell them who their victim is.  They are also asking anyone who may have any information regarding the man's identity to contact the Presidio County Sheriff's Department.

Dominguez also says residents should be on the lookout.  If you see any kind of suspicious activity along the border or the river, call the Sheriff's Department immediately.