The Yakima County Sheriff's Office says the discovery of a deceased man near Toppenish and not far from Granger is now a homicide. This image is the area where the victim was located.

The man's body was found September 8th

The YCSO responded to a report of a dead body near the intersection of Tule and Plank Roads, about 3 miles southwest of Granger.

After an autopsy was performed, authorities were able to ID the man, 45-year-old Martin Baldemar Meraz from Outlook. His family had reported him missing at the end of August. He was identified using dental records.

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The autopsy revealed he died from a gunshot wound, and now the case is being investigated as a homicide. No other information has been released, anyone who may have details or tips, call the YCSO at (509) 574-2641.

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