Two men caught dumping body of hit-and-run victim

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POSTED: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 5:50pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:10am

Two men are in custody after authorities caught them in the act of trying to dispose a body.

Edinburg police tell News Center 23 that a pick-up truck hit a man riding his bicycle early this morning at approximately 4:30 a.m. on the southbound frontage road of U.S. Hwy 281.

When police arrived to the scene of the accident, they were only able to locate the mangled bicycle.  They requested bloodhounds from the state prison to sniff the area for signs of the victim's body, but after searching the area they were unable to locate the victim or the suspect who allegedly hit him.

Investigators believed that the body of the bicyclist might have flown upon impact and landed in the bed of the truck. 

About an hour and a half later, the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office received a call of a suspicious vehicle on Iowa Road near Tower Road.  That vehicle matched the description of the one involved in the hit-and-run accident.

Officers arrived to find two men in the process of dumping the body out of the back of the pick-up truck on their way to a nearby canal.

"The two suspects are in custody, they're two adult males," said Lt. Oscar Treviño with Edinburg police.  "The victim was found laying on the ground, they had just taken him out of the bed of the pick-up, and he has been identified as the cyclist we were looking for.  He's identified as Eduardo Aguelles, 38 years of age from the city of Edinburg."

The two suspects are expected to be arraigned tomorrow.  Their exact charges are unknown at this time.

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