FBI Found No Evidence That Border Patrol Agent Was Murdered

Rogelio Martinez

Rogelio Martinez

"When the Federal Bureau of Investigation questioned me about it, I made it very clear to them that Roger would not even take Ibuprofen or Aspirin".

Martinez, 36, died late on the evening of November 18.

"Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt". 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".

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. Police provided little information about Martinez's tragic death, but that didn't stop President Trump from quickly blaming undocumented immigrants, tweeting, "We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!"

A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson declined to comment on the case.

The FBI continues to offer their reward of up to $50,000 for whomever can provide information to help close the case.

Martinez was patrolling near Van Horn, Texas, with his partner, Stephen Garland, when authorities said Garland radioed for help on the night of November 18. Agent Martinez later succumbed to his injuries. "The FBI is still keeping jurisdiction, and last time I checked, the FBI doesn't investigate traffic accidents".

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"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.

While it remains a mystery what, exactly, happened to Martinez and Garland, there's no reason to believe they were attacked or ambushed. His evidence comes from his own "investigation" into the scene of the incident.

The search for witnesses spanned multiple states and included electronic billboards in New Mexico and other border states offering a $25,000 reward for information.

Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo, who was among the first at the scene of the incident, had early on told the Dallas Morning News that the agents may have been side-swiped by a truck. Moreover, the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed six personnel from Union Pacific Railroad which had locomotives in the area on November 18, 2017 and November 19, 2017. The investigation, to date, however "has not conclusively determined" how the two agents ended up at the bottom of the culvert - a tunnel structure used for water drainage - according to Emmerson Buie Jr., the special agent in charge of the FBI's El Paso division. Martinez's partner, Stephen Garland, survived.

The dispatcher told the agent to get back into his vehicle and flick on his emergency lights so that first responders could easily locate them.

The FBI statement follows an inconclusive autopsy report released by the El Paso county medical examiner's office on Tuesday which said the death was caused by blunt force trauma from an undetermined cause. The agent and his partner were responding to activity near a freeway in the Van Horn Station area when they were attacked.

The FBI will continue to investigate the incident involving Agent Martinez and his partner, and will pursue any new and relevant tips and leads.

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