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Investigators identify 29-year-old man found dead near La Joya

Elias Alegria Manuel Mejia, 29, of Guatemala. (Photo courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

A passerby found a 29-year-old Guatemalan man dead Tuesday near La Joya.

At 12:38 p.m. on June 13, the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office dispatched deputies to Farm-to-Market Road 2221 west of Giles Road.

"When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene, they discovered the body of an unidentified male with no shirt, lying on the side of La Gallina Road," according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

Investigators didn't find any signs of foul play and requested an autopsy.

The Sheriff's Office identified the man as Elias Alegria Manuel Mejia, 29, of Guatemala after running his fingerprints, according to the news release.

Investigators ask anyone with information about Manuel Mejia to call the Sheriff's Office at (956) 383-8114 or Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers at (956) 668-TIPS.

Correction: This article originally stated the man was found dead last week. He was found Tuesday.

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