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Update: Watsonville Man Found Hanging From Bridge

Monterey County sheriff's investigators still have to sort out what happened.

A Watsonville man was found hanging from a railroad bridge over the Pajaro River on Friday morning, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office reported.

The man, identified as 54-year-old Francisco Javier Flores Mendoza, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Montrey County Sheriff's Office.

Few details about the grisly death were available.

"The call came out as a person hanging from the railroad bridge," Cmdr. Lisa Nash said.

It happened on the Walker Street train trestle operated by Union Pacific. Deputies have not said if it was a homicide or a suicide. 

"It's way too soon," Nash said. "It's under investigation."

The Register Pajaronian newspaper reported that Watsonville police Sgt. Eric Taylor said a group of students in the were bicycling across the bridge just before 10 a.m. when they discovered the man's body.

The Pajaro River is the Santa Cruz-Monterey county line. Monterey County authorities are handling the investigation because the man's body was on their side of the river. An autoosy is scheduled for Monday, according to Nash.

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The family is struggling financially to transport the body of Francisco with his loved ones back in Mexico ... Please can we all come together and help them out in a moment like this .. I know we are all going true hard times economic but a few word's will be the best few words to help this family .. thank you my name is RAY VACA 8315317382
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Aury Silva January 06, 2013 at 02:23 PM
This man was a family friend he ALWAYS helped us. And ive known him since i was a little girl and he would say to my father that he loved me... I am currently 14 years old and i miss him so much i havint seen him since i was 6 years old.. RIP JAVIER <3

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