Border Patrol agent killed last November died from blunt injuries to the head, an autopsy report said.
US Border Agent Rogelio "Roger" Martinez and his partner, Stephen "Michael" Garland, were found near a concrete-lined culvert in southwest Texas on November 18. And President Donald Trump said the injured agent had been "brutally beaten" as he called again for the construction of a wall between the United States and Mexico.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a Border Patrol dispatcher working the night Martinez died got a call from his partner, who was "disoriented" but able to report they were both injured. The FBI did determine that a Border Patrol dispatcher had spoken to a disoriented Garland, who said that he thought they "ran into a culvert".
Two senior Texas Republicans - Governor Greg Abbott, and Senator Ted Cruz - also weighed in with statements describing the 36-year-old's death as a murder. Martinez's unnamed partner was also found with serious injuries but survived and remains hospitalized.
But Ms. Ochoa said that in the days before he died, Mr. Martinez had been complaining of headaches and neck tension. Garland is said to have no recollection of what happened, according to reports.
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Martinez had fractures to his skull, right jaw, upper ribs and his right collarbone, the report by the El Paso County Medical Examiner's Office says.
Despite the FBI's conclusion that there's no evidence of an attack, the Border Patrol union still believes the agent's injuries were the result of an attack.
Mr. Martinez's father, Jose Martinez, said in an interview shortly after his son died that he believed his son had been attacked, perhaps in a trap set by someone.
"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", El Paso Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said in a press statement Wednesday afternoon.
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".
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The FBI released a two-page update detailing the scope of their investigation regarding the death of agent Rogelio Martinez.
The agent later told investigators he had no memory of what occurred because he suffered head injuries.
"To date none of the more than 650 interviews completed, locations searched, or evidence collected and analyzed have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack on November 18, 2017", the office announced in a statement. "Our view hasn't changed". He noted that the autopsy did not find injuries below his torso that could have indicated that the agents were hit by a vehicle or involved in an accident. "It seems to me that they don't have any leads". "There's no way he fell and dropped off that culvert".
He pointed to the lack of injuries on the lower part of Martinez's body.
"There were no defensive wounds on Agent Martinez or his partner", McAleenan wrote in his memo.
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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".