Published: Fri, February 09, 2018

No evidence of an attack in a Border Patrol agent's death

No evidence of an attack in a Border Patrol agent's death

Here is what we know about the mysterious death and the investigation.

The agents were patrolling in separate vehicles and it's unclear why both ended up at the culvert, according to the Border Patrol.

First responders found Martinez first, according to the internal Customs and Border Protection memo.

Mr. Cabrera said he was holding out hope that investigators eventually arrest someone in the case. Garland was seriously injured but has no memory of what happened.

Buie's office said Garland was "disoriented and unsure" of his location at the time, and thought both he and Martinez had run into the culvert. Garland also suffered injuries.

Authorities appear ready to rule out the possibility that Martinez and his partner were attacked or ambushed.

Evidence was developed that a Border Patrol dispatcher telephonically spoke with the injured partner of Agent Martinez.

After an autopsy released Tuesday stated that Martinez died from blunt-force trauma from an undetermined cause, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had investigated several theories, but none of the interviews, "locations searched, or evidence collected and analyzed have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack", reports the Los Angeles Times.

Chris Cabrera, a spokesman for the organization, told the Post he still suspects the agents were attacked. No suspects have been linked to the incident.

Angie Ochoa, who was engaged to Mr. Martinez, said on Wednesday that she first learned of the autopsy results in a meeting with law enforcement officials two weeks ago, and was anxious that investigators would move on from the case, even though the report was inconclusive.

The FBI continues to offer a reward of up to $50,000 for information on the case and provides this number: 915-832-5000 to call with information.

Martinez's injuries included fractures to his skull, right jaw, upper ribs and his right collarbone, according to an autopsy report released by the El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office.

The autopsy report noted that a barbiturate was found in his system.

The drug is often combined with acetaminophen and caffeine to treat migraine headaches.

"Our view hasn't changed".

A Border Patrol union, the National Border Patrol Council, has previously said the pair was attacked and struck with a rock or rocks. "It seems to me that they don't have any leads".

Texas politicians - including Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz and others.

Martinez's death became a political talking point, with President Donald Trump saying Martinez was attacked and calling for a border wall.

Sheriff Oscar Carrillo of Culberson County, where the two officers were injured, was on scene that night.

"From the beginning we were radioed to assist in the incident as an injury, not an assault", he said.

He also said something about running into a culvert, but the dispatcher could not make out exactly what he said. "I know he knows".

Neither she nor the Martinez family had heard from Garland since the agent's death, she said. "Our view is he was attacked", he told CNN, referring to the FBI's investigation.

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