Autopsy results from the medical examiner’s office for the unidentified man found on Farm-to-Market Road 1538 near Premont has been ruled a dehydration death, county officials said Friday.
“His (medical examiner) findings were no trauma to the body, but that dehydration was what led to his death,” Sgt. Jose Martinez III with the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department said.
Sheriff Oscar Lopez said the man had no identification on him when he was found by a rancher in the area off FM 1538, between Premont and Falfurrias about 11 a.m. on Sept. 5.
The man was a Hispanic in his mid-40s, wearing jeans, a camouflage T-shirt and no shoes, officials said. The man was found about 12 miles southwest of Premont, near the Brooks County line, officials said.
“When we don’t have identification on the body, it’s rough so we can’t notify the next of kin,” Lopez said.
He said the unknown man was buried Thursday with Alaniz Funeral Home conducting the grave work.
Because no relatives were found, Lopez said the county would pay the man’s burial.
On average, about three bodies a year have to be buried using the county’s fund, Lopez said.
It is also undetermined if the man was a U.S. or Mexican citizen.