Postal worker finds body near Bateman Road in Benton County, deputies are investigating

UPDATE (Sept. 29 at 11:45 AM): Benton County Coroner's Office confirms that the body found off Bateman Road is 33-year-old Hector Cortez-Ballardo from Kennewick. 

The Coroner's office told us that Cortez-Ballardo's body had multiple gunshot wounds. No other details are being released right now as the investigation is still underway.

An official cause of death won't be released until the autopsy results are finalized.


BENTON COUNTY, WA - Detectives with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office are trying to find more information on a body discovered off Bateman Road.
The body was found Tuesday morning by a postal service employee who was delivering mail in the area. The deceased individual has not been identified and Detectives have not yet determined the cause or manner of death.
Bateman Road will be closed for the next several hours as Detectives process the scene. Please avoid the area if possible. This incident remains under investigation.