Authorities are searching for the driver who hit and man and drove away leaving him to die on a Panola County roadside.
Vehicular homicide is the ruling in the cause of death of Ontiveres Gonzales, 33, who was killed on Saturday night, May 3, said Panola County Coroner Donna Stevens.
Gonzales’ body was found off an embankment on May 10 by boys riding four-wheelers, the coroner said.
The incident occurred on Highway 6 about one mile from the Quitman County line, Stevens said. He died from "head trauma."
Handling the case is Agent Chuck Poe of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.
Stevens said Gonzales had been in the U.S. legally for seven years and he was employed by a sod farm near the scene of his death.
The date of Gonzales’ death was determined after interviews with co-workers and friends, she said, based upon when he’d last been seen by them.
"He’d been seen walking on the (south) side of the road … then he didn’t show up the next day," the coroner said.
Officials are hoping that someone with knowledge of the crime will call Stevens at 487-3554 or Poe at 563-4651 Ext.6424.
Gonzales’ body was returned to Mexico, the coroner said.