39-year-old Mercedes man charged in connection to rural Mission homicide

Jose Luis Villarreal, 39, of Mercedes was charged with murder Tuesday in connection to the death of Gerardo Alberto Martinez Gomez. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office.{ }

A 39-year-old Mercedes man was charged Wednesday in connection to an ongoing homicide investigation out of rural Mission.

Jose Luis Villarreal, 39, of Mercedes was charged with murder.

Villarreal is accused of participating in the murder of Gerardo Alberto Martinez Gomez, who was found dead on Oct. 16, according to a news release from the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators continue to search for a second murder suspect, 39-year-old Michael Valle Chavez.

Anyone with information about Chavez's whereabouts is asked to call the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 956-383-9114. Anonymous tips can be sent to the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers hotline at 956-668-8477.

Correction: Jose Luis Villarreal was charged Wednesday.

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