El Paso - Today, FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie is sharing findings to date of the investigation into the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez on November 19, 2017.
In the more than two months since Martinez's patrolled the West Texas desert for the last time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed hundreds of people, combed through cellular data and analyzed DNA from the scene.
The incident happened beside Interstate 10 near the town of Van Horn, about 120 miles southeast of El Paso and about 30 miles across rugged desert from the Mexican border.
About 11:20 p.m. Martinez and another agent, Stephen "Michael" Garland, were found injured near a concrete-lined culvert - a tunnel used for water drainage.
"The dispatcher made a notation in the Border Patrol log "[He] thinks they (both agents) ran into a culvert", according to the report. Martinez also had broken ribs and a clavicle.
Garland, less seriously injured, was taken to the hospital by Border Patrol agents.
The FBI also reviewed a telephone conversation between a Border Patrol dispatcher and Garland, who was disoriented and unsure of his location. Martinez was on patrol in the Big Bend Sector when he died in the line of duty. In an interview with the Current at the Border Security Expo last week, Cabrera said he knows with "absolute certainty" any claims that Martinez wasn't attacked are false.
In the memo, McAleenan also indicated that no evidence suggested other people other than the agents were at the scene the night of the incident.
Martinez and his partner Stephen "Michael" Garland were responding to unknown activity on the night of November 18 near Van Horn, a Texas town near the Mexico border and about 110 miles southeast of El Paso.
First responders found Martinez first, according to the internal Customs and Border Protection memo.
Martinez suffered blunt-force trauma, but medical examiners found no evidence of homicide.
The F.B.I.'s report, which said agents had interviewed more than 650 people, came one day after the release of Mr. Martinez's autopsy report.
The agent had cuts in his scalp, the report says, and a large bruise on his right shoulder.
The drug is often combined with acetaminophen and caffeine to treat migraine headaches. "Our view hasn't changed".
"Just because there's no evidence of a scuffle doesn't mean that it wasn't an assault", Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told Fox News. "I honestly believe they will", he said.
Texas politicians - including Gov. Greg Abbott and Sen. Ted Cruz and others.
Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo, who responded that night, said it didn't look like an attack to him. However, none of them were considered a person of interest in the agent's death or the injuries to his partner. "There's no way he fell and dropped off that culvert".
She believes the answers may lie with surviving agent Garland. This fact matters because ever since Martinez was found with a fractured skull in a West Texas culvert, conservative lawmakers and media outlets have eagerly blamed undocumented immigrants for his death.