The family of missing El Paso man Jose Margaro Gonzalez, 70, confirmed to KTSM on Tuesday that his body had been located and positively identified in Ciudad Juárez.
Gonzalez’s brother said the body was found in a hole in the ground at a Juárez home, wrapped in a blanket and bound with rope. The discovery was made on March 8, according to his brother who submitted a DNA sample to help with the identification.
It appeared Gonzalez suffered a head injury, family said. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was taken into custody.
Gonzalez—a veteran and head of the ‘Los Exes de la Bowie’ high school alumni group—was last seen by family in El Paso on Sunday, March 4. His Chevy Silverado was seen parked in front of his home the evening before his disappearance and was gone the next morning along with Gonzalez, who never made it to work.
Family and friends said Gonzalez would often visit Juárez to do charity work on the weekends.
“My uncle didn’t know a stranger,” Moises Ramirez, Gonzalez’s nephew told KTSM earlier this month. “If anybody needed help he would drop what he was doing to help you out.”
A few days after the disappearance, some of Gonzalez’s personal items and documents appeared in a photo on a Facebook page traced back to Juarez, according to family.
Weekly prayer vigils were held in hopes that the head of the Bowie High School exes would return home.
KTSM will update this story as additional information becomes available.