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    Sheriff’s Department tape blocks access to a house where two people were found dead on Thursday morning in the 23000 block of West Highway 281. 

    Jesse Mendoza/Valley Morning Star


Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:31 pm

SAN BENITO — Officials said they are investigating a possible double murder at a home on Military Highway.

At 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Cameron County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 23000 block of West Highway 281 in San Benito to a report of a strong, foul odor, Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio said.

Officials obtained a search warrant to enter the home and once inside found the bodies of Lorena Gonzalez, 42, and Homero de los Santos, 38, of San Benito.

Both bodies were inside the bathtub.

Authorities are treating the case as two counts of murder, Lucio said.

"The bodies were taken to the morgue; there is going to be an autopsy," he said.

"What I gather from the officers is that there were some stab wounds on the female and the male probably, I understand that he might have been hit with a blunt instrument."

Authorities said Gonzalez was stabbed five or six times and De Los Santos seemed to have three or four stab wounds to the back.

However, Lucio said that due to decomposition, it was difficult to determine immediately with any certainty.

Lucio estimated the bodies had been inside the home four to five days, but the department is awaiting a pathology exam to determine the time and cause of death for both victims.

A man identified as Mario Gonzalez San Roman, 47, has been identified as a person of interest, Lucio said.

He did not clarify any relationship between San Roman and the victims, nor the relationship between the victims.

Sheriff’s deputies recovered several sets of kitchen knives and a pipe-like tire tool from the scene and sent them for lab analysis, but it has not yet been determined if they were the weapons used in the deaths.

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