Less than a week after a woman was found dead on the median of US 59 near Wharton Regional Airport, local police released the name of what detectives said was a hit and run incident.

Wharton Police Department positively identified Marisol Medelez as the body found on Tuesday, Dec. 24, according to a press release on Dec. 30.

“We do believe that Medelez was walking on Highway 59/69 and that the accident that caused her death occurred where she was discovered,” WPD said in the press release. “As our department continues to investigate this incident, we ask for the public to provide any information they may have related to this case to our department at 979 532-3131 or via the P3 app #anonymously.”

Det. Ariel Soltura said investigators believe the victim was struck by a Chrysler 300, which would show “signs of front end impact.”

WCSO busts Wharton couple

The Wharton County Sheriff’s Office was recently involved in the arrest of two individuals in Wharton, according to a press release.

The press release posted on the WCSO Facebook page said that on Monday, Dec. 16, at approximately 5 a.m. WCSO, with the assistance of the El Campo Police Department, executed a narcotics search warrant in Wharton. It occurred in the 3800 block of CR 135. 

David Ballejo, 41, and Stephanie Mowels, were arrested on different charges, according to the Wharton County Jail’s booking report.

Ballejo was arrested on several charges, including unlawful possession with a firearm by a felon, manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance Penalty Group 2 or 2-A between 1-4 grams, manufacturing/delivery of a controlled substance Penalty Group between 4 grams and 200 grams, and three counts of abandon endanger child criminal negligence. All are felony charges.

Mowels was arrested on a three felony counts of abandon endanger child criminal negligence, according to the booking report.

Three children were located inside the residence. Sheriff Shannon Srubar said Child Protective Services was involved and each teen was released to family members.

The WCSO press release said investigators located plastic bags of crack cocaine, powder cocaine and ecstasy pills, as well as two rifles and three handguns. A photo that showed various weapons, also displayed money that appeared to total more than $1,200.

In the WCSO Facebook post, comments were shared back and forth by some who praised law enforcement for its efforts in taking drugs, guns and those allegedly responsibly off the streets. Others who appeared to be family and/or friends defended the couple to some degree or another.

Based on the evidence found, the matter will eventually be heard in court.

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