For Immediate Release:
***UPDATE: January 7, 2015 @ 2:00 p.m.
The body of the man found in a wooded area on January 1, 2015 has been identified as Jose Eluid Vargas, a 35 year old Hispanic male from Mission, Texas. Vargas was listed as a missing person from Hidalgo County, Texas since December 15, 2014. The preliminary autopsy report indicates the cause of death remains unknown at this time. The toxicology report is pending. The investigation into Vargas’s death is ongoing. More information will be released as it becomes available.
On Thursday, January 1, 2015, around 3:30 p.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Office received a call in reference to the discovery of human remains. The caller reported finding the human remains in a wooded area off FM1135 near FM 105 in the Orangefield area of Orange County, Texas.
When Deputies arrived in the area, the caller directed the Deputies to a wooded area off FM 1135 where they found the remains of what appeared to be a Hispanic male. The body was unclothed and decomposing. Detectives believe the body had possibly been at the location for several weeks. Detectives are currently trying to determine the identity of the male. Detectives will be on scene throughout the night and into the morning when day light will allow for a better search of the area for evidence. The cause of death remains unknown until the autopsy can be completed.
Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Judge Dunn arrived on scene and ordered an autopsy. The body was transported to the Jefferson County Morgue. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released as it becomes available.