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FILE — A Yakima County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle is pictured in this file photo shot June 5, 2018.

The man whose body was found May 31 near Wapato has been identified.

Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said an autopsy determined that 24-year-old Oscar Rangel of Wapato died of a gunshot wound. His body was found covered in brush in a field off North Manor Road, according to authorities.

Rangel’s death has been deemed a homicide and is under investigation by the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.

Rangel’s death was the 12th homicide of the year in Yakima County. Saturday’s slayings of five people in White Swan raised the total to 17.