FBI Investigation Into Death Of Texas Border Patrol Agent Still Open

Rogelio Martinez died in November

Rogelio Martinez died in November

Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, said an attack from behind would explain why investigators found no evidence of a struggle.

The incident happened last November. Disoriented and unsure of his location, Garland told the dispatcher that he and Martinez were injured. But Garland is still recovering and has trouble remembering what happened, according to Lee Smith, a spokesman for the local Border Patrol union who met with Garland after the incident and said he declined interviews with the news media.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent patrols the U.S. -Mexico border next to Ciudad Juarez near El Paso.

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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who promised Martinez's mother that his attackers would be held accountable, acknowledged Thursday that the death now appears to have been an accident, according to the Texas Tribune.

Immediately after Martinez was found, President Trump and the Border Patrol's union suggested that the two agents were attacked by migrants or smugglers going through the area. We reached out to the offices of Cruz and Abbott to see if they still support their earlier assertions, but we have not received a response. "We will, and must, build the Wall!"

Arizona Rep. Martha McSally, now running for Arizona's open Senate seat called it a "murder" and said it should serve as a "wake up call to our country that we must have the resolve to secure our border and protect Americans from deadly threats like these".

The FBI said it will "pursue any new and relevant tips and leads" and will continue to offer a $50,000 reward "for information leading to a resolution to this case". Both agents were found at the bottom of a culvert alongside I-10 near Van Horn the night of November 18th. Agent Martinez later succumbed to his injuries.

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Agent Stephen Garland, 38, has since returned home and was assisting investigators, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jeanette Harper. "As part of this effort, the FBI has investigated multiple theories, including whether the Border Patrol Agents were ambushed or attacked or whether their injuries were as a result of an accident or any other relevant criminal activity". He told the Dallas Morning News that investigators were looking at the possibility that the agents fell into the culvert in a nighttime accident.

Concentrated investigative activities and canvasses for witnesses and evidence have taken place across the United States.

An informant familiar with human smugglers told Border Patrol officials that a pair of brothers recently smuggled across the border had admitted to assaulting the agents, according to a warrant later filed to search the brothers' vehicle in New Mexico. Martinez's partner, Stephen Garland, survived.

The report from the medical examiner deepens the mystery into what happened, and how those agents sustained such severe injuries. "Additionally, the El Paso County Medical Examiner has now released the autopsy report indicating blunt injuries of the head as the cause of death". The manner of death is undetermined.

During the investigation, the F.B.I. said that it identified two "persons of interest", but that a forensic analysis could not link them to the episode. An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.

State and federal officials offered a $70,000 reward for information in connection with the incident.

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