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Man arrested in Maryland connected with two found dead in car in Aransas Pass

Two people found dead in Aransas Pass
Posted at 8:44 AM, May 08, 2023

UPDATE: Friday, 10:55 a.m.

San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera said on social media they have made an arrested in connection with the deaths of Brandon Barbosa and XXavier Marchus.

Rivera said 30-year-old Maurice Sample was arrested by the United States Marshals in Maryland.

"With the help of our federal partners, we determined that he left Aransas Pass the same morning of the shooting," Rivera said in a Facebook post. "All three lived in the same apartment complex in Aransas Pass."

Rivera is asking the public with any information to contact the sheriff's office at (361) 364-9600.

UPDATE: Thursday, 10:55 a.m.

The San Patricio County Sheriff's Office is still investigating after two men with gunshot wounds were found dead inside a vehicle off FM 2725 near Aransas Pass.

The two men were identified as 27-year-old Brandon Barboza and 26-year-old XXavier Marchus.

According to Sheriff Oscar Rivera, detectives continue to follow up on several leads received via Crime Stoppers. Officials said they executed two search warrants at different places and are confident investigators will soon make an arrest.

UPDATE: Monday, 9:45 p.m.
According to San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera, the two men who were found dead in a white Nissan SUV were shot elsewhere and driven to the location on FM 2725. The two victims were identified as 27-year-old Brandon Barboza and 26-year-old XXavier Marchus.


No motives or leads have been established, and the San Patricio County Sherriff's Office urges anyone with information to call 361-364-9600.


Original story:
An investigation is underway after two deceased people were found inside an SUV Monday morning in Aransas Pass.

San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera confirmed two bodies were discovered inside a vehicle in a brushy area near the Moose Lodge on Farm Road 2725 and Hwy 361 in between Aransas Pass and Ingleside.

The sheriff's office has not identified the victims or released a cause of death.

Investigators have blocked off FM 2725 to motorists as they gather information. We also have a KRIS 6 News crew en route to get more details.

This is a developing story; check back with KRIS 6 News for more updates.