MERCEDES — Investigators solved the first part of the puzzle involving the death of a Progreso man.

They identified him as Gilbert Garcia Garces.

The sheriff’s office reported the 44-year-old on its Facebook page yesterday afternoon as the victim of an apparent homicide.

The body was discovered Thursday by people who were riding ATVs near a corn field off FM 491, south of Mercedes.

A preliminary examination of Garces’ body indicated an apparent gunshot wound, said Sgt. J.P. Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.

Rodriguez would not reveal the location of the wound.

“The body was intact,” Rodriguez said, not providing any further details.

“Investigator’s worked all night and it was still an active crime scene (yesterday),” Rodriguez said. “One of the biggest things we can do is get the person identified.”

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How to help

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to call the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 956-383-8114.

To remain anonymous, call the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers hotline at 668-TIPS (8477).