Authorities have ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death of a Brownsville man whose body was recovered from the waterway underneath the Gayman Bridge.

Cameron County Sheriff Eric Garza tweeted Thursday on his Twitter Page that, “The body of a 50-year-old man from Brownsville was recovered last night from the Gayman Bridge Waterway. Justice of the Peace Bennie Ochoa IV has ordered an autopsy. Investigation is ongoing.”

The Brownsville Fire Department, the Port Isabel Fire Department and the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday night responded to a motor vehicle accident at the Gayman Bridge on Highway 48. Gayman Bridge is located between Brownsville and Port Isabel.

The SUV was found submerged in water at around 8 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. In another Tweet, Garza posted a video taken by a witness that appeared to show the SUV drive into the water from the west side at a slow pace.

Brownsville Fire Chief Jarrett Sheldon said Wednesday evening that they responded to the scene of the incident with two fire engines, one rescue truck, a dive team and a drone unit.

On Thursday morning Sheldon said “crews on scene last night did locate and recover the body with assistance of several agencies. Law enforcement will continue the investigation.”

nreyna@brownsvilleherald.com