Autopsy confirms cause of death for body found in Imperial

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Autopsy confirms cause of death for body found in Imperial

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IMPERIAL, CALIF. (13 On Your Side) - The Imperial County Coroner's Office has confirmed the body of a young male found near a canal on Sunday died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The coroner's office tells 13 On Your Side it is still trying to determine the victim's identity.

Today, we spoke with the woman who found the body.

Celia Arguilez says, she was walking in her garden to water her plants when she found a black leg - with a shoe - lying underneath the brush near her fruit trees.

"I freaked out."

Arguilez says she then approached her fruit trees to get a closer look and that is when she made the gruesome discovery.  

"So I went to check it out and it was a body – a dead body."

The Imperial County coroner's office tells 13 On Your Side - the decomposing dead body may have been there for several weeks.

Investigators could not say if the body belongs to 14-year-old David Yglesias - who went missing more than a month ago.   

But Deputy Steven Green admits, they are strongly investigating the possibility.  

"Our forensic odontologist is going to review the x-rays from David Yglesias and the dental that we have and confirm them to determine to see if it's the same person."

Green also confirms the dead person died from a gunshot wound to the head.  

Investigators also confirm they found a rifle next to the victim's body. They would not tell us of the young male died from a self-inflicted wound. 

"At this point is under investigation. Imperial P-D is handling the investigation."

According to the initial police report, the day David Yglesias went missing, his parent's reported a .22 caliber rifle that went missing from their house.   

Right now, Imperial Police are looking for more clues - possibly on the dead person's clothes.

They say autopsy results - on identifying the person - could take two weeks.  

We tried reaching out to the family to see if they have heard anything, but they did not want to talk to us on camera.