Ernest Ray Longoria III, 44, was taken into custody Monday, Dec. 27 in connection to the death of Gerald Nauert.
Longoria was arrested after information was obtained linking him to the death of Nauert, who was found Monday, Nov. 22 outside his North Moline residence, the victim of a single gunshot.
Longoria was to be formally charged in the shooting death Tuesday, Dec. 28 (after press deadline for this edition).
Aransas County Sheriff Bill Mills said the case remains under investigation and further details will be released as it progresses.
Identity of body discovered Dec. 2 remains unknown
The Aransas County Sheriff Office (ACSO) continues to seek information about the identity of an unidentified male who was found partially buried Dec. 2 in a brushy area off the SH 35 Bypass near Murphy Road.
Aransas County Sheriff Bill Mills reported Wednesday, Dec. 22 there is a possibility they have identified the body, but the identity has not been confirmed.
Mills said The Texas Rangers have provided the information about the unidentified male to the Joint Operations Intelligence Center (JOIC) in Victoria.
“All agencies run information through the JOIC to provide a wider area from which information might be found,” said Mills.
Anyone with information about the identity of the deceased, or circumstances surrounding his death, is asked to contact the ACSO at 729-2222 or Crime Stoppers at 729-TIPS.
The ACSO discovered the body after receiving a tip regarding the location of the remains.
Fulton man missing since July 7
The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers are seeking help in an attempt to locate a missing person. Jesse Ellis Goodman, 41, (6’2”, 225 lbs., blond hair, blue eyes) of Fulton was last seen in the early morning of July 7, 2021 in Fulton. If one has any information pertaining to the whereabouts of Goodman, please contact the Texas Rangers at (361) 696-6571, or the Fulton Police Department at (361) 729-5533.
Fulton Police Chief Rick McLester said it has been determined Goodman is not the individual found partially buried Dec. 2 off the SH 35 Bypass.