Did murder suspect bury human remains discovered in San Benito?

Harlingen Police with assistance from the Texas Rangers and San Benito Police searched an area off of U.S. Business 77 in San Benito after receiving a Crime Stoppers tip about possible human remains at the location. (Maricela Rodriguez/Valley Morning Star)

SAN BENITO — Harlingen police are investigating whether murder suspect Anthony Eliff might have buried human remains behind his cousin’s backyard while a Corpus Christi woman prays they aren’t those of her missing daughter.

Earlier this month, a tip led investigators to skeletal remains found in a wooden area behind Joe Martinez’s home and business in the 1200 block of Business 77, where he says he doesn’t want his cousin to return.

In Corpus Christi, Rosie Loera says she last saw her daughter Elyn Loera, 32, after she boarded a bus for Harlingen to visit Eliff in September.

Harlingen police Commander David Osborne has said he’s investigating whether the remains could be those of Elyn Loera but he hasn’t said he’s connected Eliff to her disappearance.

Meanwhile, investigators have found a 45-caliber semi-automatic pistol they believe Eliff used to kill Guillermo Garcia, 41, after searching another of his relative’s properties in Harlingen.

On Feb. 6, officers found Garcia shot to death in a parked car.