McAllen police investigating man’s death as homicide

McALLEN — Police here say an investigation is being handled as a homicide pending an autopsy after the discovery of a body in the 1000 block of North 15th Street on Tuesday.

Lt. Joel Morales identified the man as 54-year-old Ricky Dowal Etheridge.

A strong police presence could be seen in the alley behind a residence facing 15th Street near Kendlewood Avenue on Tuesday at around 9 p.m.

Several officers were at the scene, along with a crime scene investigation unit.

Officers watched as a motorcycle in the alleyway was loaded onto a wrecker.

Pedestrians were walking their dogs down Main and a large group of people were eating at a food truck a few hundred feet from the alley.

An employee from the food truck said the police were already at the scene when the establishment opened earlier that evening.