Another SPI death

October 10, 2018

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Cameron County Parks and Recreation Director Joe Vega was at home with his son enjoying the day off when the call came in.

He was briefed early yesterday morning that a body of a 68-year-old McAllen man with a gunshot wound to the head was found washed up on the Cameron County shore on the Island off beach access No. 3.

Cameron County Park Ranger Chief Horacio Zamora said investigators have not determined whether the unidentified man was a murder victim or whether the man committed suicide.

“ We don’t know yet,” Zamora said

Identification of the man also is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The investigation is currently on going with assistance of the South Padre Island Police Department.

“ Everything is safe,” said Zamora. “There is no indication that this is involved with the other case.”

Recently, a Colorado woman was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head after authorities found her body near beach access No. 6.

Zamora said the autopsy will help determine what happened.

Authorities did not find a weapon.

Zamora said he may have more information on the case to release today after reviewing the preliminary findings from the pathologist.

Justice of the Peace Bennie Ochoa III ordered an autopsy report for the body of the McAllen man.

Police said a concerned citizen called to notify authorities around 7 a.m. of an unresponsive male body in the water about 1/4 mile north of Andy Bowie Park.

According to reports, a Park Ranger on patrol located the body and retrieved him from the water.

The SPI Fire Department assisted and conducted an EKG exam.

The incident comes a few days after authorities positively identified the body of Ann Moffatt of Colorado Springs, who died from a gunshot wound to the head. She washed up near the beach access No. 6 shore. Police said she was last seen on her kayak.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Moffatt was found dead on Sept. 19 and was later identified on Oct. 5 by police.


Mark Reagan contributed to this report.

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