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Orange Walk Police identify corpse found along the San Estevan Road

Posted: Monday, December 21st, 2015. 1:50 p.m. CST

Body foundBy Delilah Ical: Orange Walk Police have identified the remains of the decomposed man found hanging from a tree on Friday evening as 65-year-old Mauricio Humberto Merino.

Merino, a Salvadoran national and mechanic was living at #20 Bautista Lane in Orange Walk Town. Authorities say Merino’s landlord, Gilbert Arnold reported he last saw Merino about three weeks ago. The post-mortem conducted on Merino was inconclusive due the advanced state of decomposition.

Authorities added that Merino did not have any immediate family or relatives living with him. They do not suspect foul play as they believe he committed suicide for yet unknown reasons.

Police were called to the San Estevan Road about 3:45 Friday afternoon last week. On the right side of the road, some 200 meters from the bridge and 10 feet into the bushes they found Merino’s torso hanging from a tree branch with a yellow rope around his neck.  Police believe he had been there for well over a week as his body was badly decomposed and his lower half had fallen to the ground.

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