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Man arrested for murder after body discovered in Castro County ditch

Mark Longoria, 36, of Earth was identified as the suspect. With the assistance of the Lamb County Sheriff's Office, Longoria was taken into custody at about 6:55 p.m. in Earth. (Photo Courtesy: Castro County Sheriff's Department)

The Castro County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of the Lamb County Sheriff's Office, has arrested one male after discovering a body in a ditch on Saturday.

According to officials, the Castro County Sheriff's Office received a 9-1-1 call about a person laying in a ditch on County Road 510 in the southwestern area of Castro County. The caller said he was unsure if the person was alive.

The officers that arrived on scene discovered the person was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Along with the Texas Rangers, the Castro County Sheriff's Office began investigating into the death of the white female.

Through the investigation, Mark Longoria, 36, of Earth was identified as the suspect. With the assistance of the Lamb County Sheriff's Office, Longoria was taken into custody at about 6:55 p.m. in Earth.

Evidence was collected from several locations in Earth related to the homicide investigation.

Longoria was booked into the Castro County Jail for murder. He was arraigned on Monday and his bond was set at $100,000.

The victim was identified but has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.



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