ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Investigators confirmed the man found dead on Pajarito Mesa last summer was a father of five who was last seen with a very dangerous man with ties to a Mexican drug cartel.
The Office of the Medical Investigator confirmed on Thursday that remains are those of Jorge Bojorquez.
His brother agreed to an interview but requested his identity not be released just in case the cartel is connected.
"My mom right now is heartbroken," Bojorqez's brother said. "For her to lose a son, it's hard."
Bojorquez's brother said police told them the news on Tuesday. Up until that day they were still hoping they would see their loved one alive.
Police said Bojorquez was reported missing in May. Two months later, human remains were found on Albuquerque's southwest mesa. It took more than six months for DNA to confirm they were those of Bojorquez.
Investigators aren't saying much about the homicide investigation, but the brother said detectives told him Bojorquez was shot more than once and then dumped in the desert.
So far, no suspects have been named. However, the family believes there's one man that knows everything. His name is Norberto Alvarez.
Alvarez picked up Bojorquez from his South Valley home the day he disappeared. Soon after he was reported missing police started looking for Alvarez.
Federal agents also started searching for him but in connection to a huge federal drug bust with ties to the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Investigators said Alvarez and Bojorquez knew each other. While Bojorquez had a history of drug arrests, detectives said he had nothing to do with that drug case.
While detectives and family members don't know why he got into the truck with Alvarez the day he disappeared, his brother thinks Alvarez might.
"I want to know what he did," the brother said. "I want to know why he would take somebody special from us."
Bojorquez leaves behind five children ranging in age from 13 down to 2.
"He spent time with her but not enough time," the brother said of the youngest child. "He didn't see her walk her first steps nothing at all."
The Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office is investigating the homicide but would not comment on the case.
The victim's brother said he's been told there's not enough evidence to positively identify a suspect.
Alvarez is now in federal custody.
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