POSTED: Monday, April 13, 2009 - 8:13pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
A 16-year-old boy's body is found in an empty field shot, burned and partially buried.
The Cameron County Sheriff's Department has charged 18-year-old, Jonathan Martinez, for the murder. According to family members, Martinez was the last person to see the teenager alive.
The last time the family of 16-year-old, Luis Talavares, saw him was last Thursday. They told investigators, Martinez picked Talavares up for a barbeque but he never returned that night.
“The parents filed a missing person report with the Brownsville Police Department.”
The owner of the private ranch made the gruesome discovery. He found the 16-year-old burned and partially buried. But what's more strange about this case is that the 16-year-old's car was found in another city. It was found in Harlingen.
“It was found abandoned by one of the deputies. It was on one of the dirt roads that lead away from highway 800.”
Investigators don't know why the vehicle was left in that area. What they're also trying to figure out at this time is how the weapon that was used in the killing was found away from the crime scene. Sheriff, Omar Lucio, says the weapon may have been tossed out as the shooter fled the scene. The sheriff's department arrested “The Joker” over the weekend and has charged him first degree murder. His bond was set at $250,000.
The investigation continues. The sheriff's department is working with the Brownsville Police Department as more people may be involved in the murder.