Body found in Goliad; victim may have been among those fleeing traffic stop
The body of a suspected illegal immigrant was found in Goliad at 6 p.m. Tuesday on West Fannin Street and Horseshoe Bend, county officials said Wednesday.
Officials suspect the man was one of about 23 illegal immigrants who bailed after a traffic stop at U.S. Highway 59 near Farm-to-Market Road 239 at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby said.
Officers found four of those who ran the same day using prison tracking dogs, but the rest escaped capture after crossing the San Antonio River.
Brumby said a passerby found the body Tuesday evening and immediately called for help.
Justice of the Peace Steven Kennedy ordered an autopsy. The body was sent to Central Texas Autopsy in Lockhart. The cause of death is unknown, Brumby said.
The man has not been positively identified, but Brumby said a man in Virginia who may be the man's brother, contacted the sheriff's office Friday.
The Virginia man heard from other men, who fled the traffic stop and made it to Houston, that his brother died during the chase, the sheriff said.
The Virginia man then contacted the sheriff's office and they began searching for the body in the Goliad State Park, where the men were headed during the chase.
The area where the man was found is near the Goliad Golf Course.
U.S. Immigration and Enforcement officers are investigating the case.