UPDATED 05/11/11 7:30 a.m.
GARY, Ind. (CBS) — Authorities have identified one of the men whose bodies were buried in a manure pile at a Gary, Ind., horse farm last month.
One of the deceased men was identified as Victor Flores, 35, of East Chicago, Ind. He had been shot in the head and wrapped in plastic before being dumped in the manure pile, Lake County Coroner’s Chief Investigator P.J. Adams said.
Adams said a forensic dental expert identified Flores.
Flores had been missing since April 9. His family reported he disappeared after taking his girlfriend to work.
The bodies were found April 25.
The other corpse, also that of a man, remains unidentified.
When the bodies were discovered, there was so much manure that police had to use heavy equipment to shovel it off the bodies. The two corpses were badly decomposed, and police thought they had been there for at least a week.
The farm is located in a wooded area at the dead end of Mississippi Street, just south of 22nd Avenue in Gary. It’s not the typical image of Gary, but rather a rural and remote sliver with horse stables and chickens.
The farm boards 15 to 20 horses, and there were several chickens and goats in the yard. About 10 people who board horses at the farm were kept out, and away from their animals, immediately after the discovery.
The Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.