Sheriff seeks identity of possible witnesses in homicide

MERCEDES — The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office needs help identifying two potential witnesses in a homicide investigation.

Sheriff’s deputies found the body of 44-year-old Gilbert Garcia Garces of Progreso near a levee off Farm-to-Market 491, south of Mercedes, on April 7, about 7:30 p.m.

A preliminary examination of Garces’ body indicated a gunshot wound and the manner of death was ruled a homicide, Sgt. J.P. Rodriguez said.

Witnesses at the scene said they had been riding ATVs in the brush before discovering the body.

The sheriff’s office released surveillance video obtained from a local store that depicts two women who are being sought for questioning.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office at 956-383-8114 or Crime Stoppers hotline at 956-668-8477 to remain anonymous.