Suspect identified in Edinburg homicide investigation


POSTED: Monday, July 21, 2014 - 12:36pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 8:57am

Edinburg police are actively searching for a man believed to be involved in the investigation of a decomposing body last week.

The body of 19-year-old Geraldo Omar Melendez Verdin was discovered on July 16 behind an abandoned home on the 2800 block of East University Drive.

Authorities could not initially determine the cause of death due to early stages of decomposition, but an autopsy now reveals the victim died from a gunshot wound.

Lt. Oscar Treviño with the Edinburg Police Department said the victim is a Mexican national and has no known gang affiliation.

Police now have an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Joaquin Cibrian. Cibrian has address listings in Corpus Christi and Alice, but investigators say he also has family ties here in the Valley.

Lt. Treviño told News Center 23 that Cibrian is a member of the Texas Syndicate gang, an established prison gang in Texas. Cibrian has an identifiable tattoo of a longhorn symbol on his neck.

The suspect was last seen driving a 2012 Jeep Compass with Texas license plates CMH-8521.

Cibrian has an extensive criminal history and is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to call Edinburg Crime Stoppers at 956-383-TIPS (8477).

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