Two suspects to be arraigned in connection with murder case

Photo by Joel Martinez/jmartinez@themonitor.com

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office announced that a justice of the peace would be arraigning two people on murder charges related to the recovery of a man’s body Saturday morning.

Edna Rivera, 28, of Mission, and Julio Cesar Deleon, 25, of Peñitas, are scheduled for a formal arraignment hearing at 1 p.m. Monday in connection with the discovery of Fernando Garza’s body in rural Edinburg, sheriff’s officials said in a news release.

Saturday morning, authorities with the sheriff’s office said they discovered the 23-year-old’s remains in the northwest part of an orchard on Iowa Road between Mile 11 and Mile 12 roads.

Sheriff’s investigators began looking into Garza’s disappearance beginning Thursday, when Garza’s mother reported the man missing.

Authorities on Friday recovered Garza’s vehicle, a 2006 Dodge Durango. The abandoned car had been burned.

On Sunday, Sheriff Eddie Guerra, after announcing they had two suspects in custody, said that they were still looking for two or three persons of interest, and characterized the investigation into Garza’s death as “fluid.”