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Sheriff's Office: Body from Mon Mack Road murder has not been found

Hector Guerra (left), Gabino Salinas (center) and Benjamin Sanchez (right) have been charged with capital murder, a capital felony. (Photos courtesy of the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office)

The Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office says three men have been charged for the murder of an Edinburg man whose body has yet to be found.

Thirty-two-year-old Gabino Salinas, 21-year-old Benjamin Sanchez and 43-year-old Hector Guerra were arrested last week after being accused of particpating in the murder of 32-year-old Jose Angel Martinez.

At about 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, deputies responded to a home the 4500 block of Mon Mack Road in rural Edinburg in reference to suspicious circumstances.

A man told investigators when he arrived at the home to check on Ricardo Moreno, he saw "blood all over the house," according to a criminal complaint.

During a search of the home, investigators say they found evidence of a violent assault and began a search for the residents of the house, identified as 55-year-old Ricardo Moreno and 32-year-old Jose Angel Martinez.

Investigators spoke with witnesses who said they heard gunshots from the location, and reviewed surveillance video which showed a "white SUV dragging a male subject down the roadway," according to the criminal complaint.

Investigators later determined Salinas and two other men had kidnapped and killed Moreno and Martinez, according to a news release. Throughout the course of investigation, however, investigators located Moreno alive with non-life threatening injuries sustained during the alleged kidnapping.

According to the news release:

Sheriff’s Investigators have not yet recovered the body of Jose Angel Martinez but have gathered sufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to say that Jose Angel is deceased and buried.

Salinas, Sanchez and Guerra have been charged with capital murder, a capital felony.

A justice of the peace set their bonds at $1 million.

The Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information about the ongoing investigation to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 956-383-8114 or the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers hotline at 956-668-TIPS (8477).

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