Homicides in Bell and Coryell Counties are Linked

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BELL COUNTY (August 21, 2009)—Two Mexican men are dead – one near Harker Heights and one near Osage – after shootings on Thursday night and early Friday morning.

Bell County investigators and deputies from Coryell County believe the killings are linked.

Bell County authorities found the body of 32-year-old Hispanic man at 1074 Farm-to-Market 3219, Harker Heights.

Investigators tell News 10 the man had been shot multiple times in the body.

Investigators at that scene later learned another Hispanic man had been reported missing.

At a few minutes after midnight Friday morning, a passer-by reported to Coryell County deputies there was a body lying alongside County Road 272, near Osage.

Upon arrival deputies found the man had been shot at least once in the head and had suffered severe trauma to parts of his body.

That man was pronounced dead at that scene by Coryell County Justice of the Peace Larry McDonald.

McDonald ordered his body taken to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science, at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, for autopsy.

A news release from Bell County indicates these incidents are being handled as one criminal event that resulted in a double homicide.

The Bell County sheriff’s office is leading the investigation, supported by Coryell County deputies and the Texas Rangers.

Investigators have verified the two victims were acquainted and had been seen together Thursday night.

Both men have tentatively been identified but their names have not been released pending additional proof of identity.

It is believed the Bell County victim was killed where he was found but it is not known if the other man was killed in Bell County and moved to Coryell County or was killed somewhere in between and dumped where he later was found.

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