The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying a woman whose body was discovered Sunday in the southern outskirts of Bentsen State Park in rural Mission.
Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Deputies discovered the body shortly after 9:30 a.m. with the assistance of U.S. Border Patrol and Texas Parks and Wildlife, according to a news release the sheriff’s office sent out Monday.
The woman was found along a trail closed to the public that is commonly used by undocumented immigrants crossing into the country, the U.S. Border Patrol said in the release. The victim was wearing a black shirt, black pants, and brown Timberland brand trail shoes.
A Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace pronounced the victim deceased and ordered an autopsy, which ruled the cause of death as heat exhaustion, the release said.
There were no visible signs of foul play at the scene and Sheriff’s Investigators are using fingertips to try to identify the victim.
According to Sheriff’s spokeswoman, Jena Palacios, this is the ninth suspected undocumented immigrant death in the county since Jan. 1, the start of the county’s fiscal year. In 2016 she said there were approximately 30 suspected deaths of undocumented immigrants in the county, Palacios said.
Anyone with information on the victim is urged to contact the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 956-383-8114 or the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers hotline at 956-668-8477.