Deputies retracing man's final 24 hours of life

Authorities are piecing together a man TMs final hours alive after his body was allegedly dumped in a sugar cane field north of Mercedes.

Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Office deputies were called out to Mile 1 West and Mile 12 1/2 North on Wednesday evening.

Sheriff Lupe Trevio said a jogger found the body around laying on the bank of a canal 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies reported that the man appears to be in his 30s and was found with either a gunshot or stab wound to his upper chest.

Investigators believe that the body was there for less than 24 hours.

That jogger told deputies that he uses a trail by the canal on a daily basis but did not see the body there the day before.

It TMs clear if the man was murdered there or was dumped there but investigators are working to track down who committed the murder.

"We don't expect this one to be that difficult because I think we are going to be able to do a timeline on him and back track his steps, Sheriff Trevio said.

The sheriff said that the man has distinctive tattoos and was also carrying identification in his pocket.

But deputies are waiting on final identification, which should be completed by tonight or Friday morning.

The man's identity will not be released until his next of kin is contacted.

Investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine how exactly the man died.

The murder is the 13th in Hidalgo County so far this year.