EDINBURG, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — The partial skeletal remains found in a drainage ditch on the 1400 block of South Raul Longoria Road in July of 2012 have been positively identified as those of Eleazar Delgado. The 59 year old Edinburg resident was reported missing on June 22, 2010.
Because only a few bones were found, the preliminary autopsy report did not provide enough information to identify the victim. However, Edinburg Police Investigators working active missing persons’ cases collected DNA from relatives of the most recent missing persons in the area.
The DNA helped Dr. Norma J. Farley, Anatomic, Clinical and Forensic Pathologist and the Forensic Anthropology Department at the University of North Texas positively identify the victim. The cause of death is still not known and the rest of the remains still need to be located.
The Edinburg Police Department, in hopes of giving the family complete closure has enlisted the help of Archeology Experts from UTPA and UTB in the search for the rest of Mr. Delgado’s remains. This Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the City's Service center located at 1201 North Doolittle Road, about 100 students and their professors will be sifting through piles of dirt taken from the ditch at the time the remains were uncovered by City employees cleaning out the ditch.
Chief Rolando Castaneda says, "It is not enough to tell the family we've found your loved one. They deserve to have all of his remains returned to them. Only then can they have complete closure."
The group will be using special sifters created by the Edinburg Police Department specifically for this search. The recovery search will begin at 8:00 a.m. Media wanting to be present will need to report to the incident command post on site.