Facial Reconstruction Gives Hope To Identify Man's Body Found In Hidalgo County

Investigators are hoping that a new facial reconstruction will provide the missing clues needed to identify skeletal remains found in Hidalgo County in 2001.

At the request of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, the Texas Rangers' forensic artist recently completed a facial reconstruction, depicting for the first time what the victim may have looked like.

Although the forensic sculpture was actually developed directly upon the victim's skull and is based heavily in science, it should not be considered an exact likeness.

The skeletal remains were discovered near an orchard at the intersection of Western Road and Mile 13 Road near the city of Mission in Hidalgo County on February 17, 2001. Discovered nearby were boxer underwear and blue, size 34 "Jantzen"-brand walking shorts.

Forensic specialists estimated the remains had been in the field at least six months, possibly longer.  The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office is investigating the case. The exact cause of death is undetermined.

Anyone with information is asked to call Capt. John Montemayor, Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, at 956-383-8114.

Based on analysis, the victim was a male Caucasian, most likely Hispanic, between 5 feet 5 inches and 5 feet 9 inches in height, and approximately 45 to 60 years old. He had apparently suffered prior severe trauma to the right side of his face, which had long since healed. The incident resulted in some permanent bone loss below his right eye. A steel wire was also embedded in the bone encircling his right eye area due to a surgical procedure. It is possible he had a space between his upper front teeth and wore a moustache.