A county Coroner's Office investigation has revealed a man whose body was found in the western Imperial Valley desert last week by U.S. Border Patrol agents was murdered.
Agents found the body of a man thought to be an undocumented immigrant about 15 miles north of Plaster City in an area known as Carrizo Wash. The body was discovered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
The identity of the man was not released, but county Deputy Coroner Investigator Gary Hayes said a document was found on the man with a name on it.
An autopsy revealed the man had a fractured trachea, a sign he was strangled. Hayes said it is apparent the man died at the hands of another.