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Brownsville PD releases more details on body found in resaca

October 6, 2018

Brownsville police records show that 58-year-old Luis Fernando Contreras, whose body was found at Fort Brown Resaca Monday evening, was last seen on Sunday at the hotel where he was staying.

Contreras had been staying at the University Inn and Suites hotel for several weeks prior to Monday’s incident.

Brownsville Police Spokesman J.J. Treviño told The Brownsville Herald Thursday that it appeared the victim traveled between Brownsville and Houston for work.

According to Brownsville police records, the victim had an outstanding balance at the hotel and after not returning when last seen, University Inn and Suites staff was forced to remove his personal belongings from his room, which included his wallet, cell phone, medications and clothing.

Contreras’ body was discovered near the 1600 block University Boulevard.

A local resident was walking by the University Boulevard overpass when he discovered the body at the Fort Brown Resaca, according to an incident report.

The report states that the resident was not completely sure it was a human body, so he waved down a Texas Southmost College maintenance worker nearby.

UTRGV police were then notified about the incident, who then alerted the Brownsville Police Department.

Brownsville Fire Rescue recovered the body and brought it to a boat ramp by Gorgas Drive, which is adjacent to TSC and UTRGV.

Cameron County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2, Place 3 Mary Esther Sorola arrived at the scene and pronounced the body dead at 7:40 p.m.

After Sorola ordered an autopsy, Del Angel Funeral Home removed the body from the scene.

Police records state the body showed signs of decomposition.

The body had a laceration on its left wrist but at the time, law enforcement officials could not determine if it was an injury or skin separated that resulted from the level of decomposition.

No other apparent injuries were observed on any other visible areas of the body.

Brownsville police say the case is classified as a death investigation and are waiting for the toxicology report and pending the autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

The victim’s family has been notified. No foul play is suspected at this time. The investigation will remain ongoing.

jsanchez@brownsvilleherald.com

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