Deceased person found on Coletoville Road

The approximate location where a deceased person was found by investigators along Coletoville Road after a caller provided a tip about a smuggling incident to the Victoria County Sheriff's Office.

The body of a dead man was found by investigators on Wednesday after the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office received a tip about an individual who was abandoned during an immigrant smuggling operation.

On Wednesday evening at 6:49 p.m., a woman told the Sheriff’s Office she had received a call from an unknown individual who said her uncle had passed away and was left in a ditch along the 4900 block of Coletoville Road, close to Coleto Creek Reservoir. That woman, who Chief Deputy Will Franklin said does not live in the area, said her uncle had crossed into the United States illegally and was being transported by smugglers.

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Mark Rosenberg reports on local, regional and breaking news for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He can be reached at or 361-574-1264 or on Twitter at @markrosenberg32. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to

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