Body found in Harlingen murder case

HARLINGEN — A body found in an irrigation canal yesterday morning is a case of murder, police said.

The victim, an adult male, appears to have been shot at least once. Police have a possible identity, but they haven’t confirmed it.

Today, three suspects are in custody, two of them expected to be charged with murder.

The case started about 4 a.m. Friday when witnesses heard people arguing inside a late model Ford pickup truck in the parking lot of the Best Western Hotel at 4317 S. Expressway 77.

As the truck was leaving the lot, the witnesses heard a gunshot and saw a muzzle flash.

About four hours later, a pickup matching the description of the suspect vehicle was found burning on a canal bank in a farm field off of Wilson Road, just west of Bass Boulevard. It was a late model Ford F150 four-door truck.

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