Past Features

December 4, 2017

The Texas mystery deepens

Composite by American Border Patrol
The Guardian -- December 3, 2017  
A lonely Texas road, a dead border patrol officer. Trump cried murder --- but was it?    
    Two weeks after two US border patrol agents were found with head injuries by a drainage channel next to a freeway in remote west Texas, how one of them died remains a mystery.
    At least, the late-night incident in which 36-year-old Rogelio Martinez died is a puzzle to the FBI, which is investigating.
    To Donald Trump and two prominent Texas Republicans, Governor Greg Abbott and US senator Ted Cruz, the cause of death was immediately clear: murder. [...]
    But Oscar Carrillo, the Culberson county sheriff who is based in Van Horn, a small town about 120 miles south-east of El Paso and about 30 miles from the border as the crow flies, and attended the scene, told the Dallas Morning News the officers might have been sideswiped by a large truck as they stood on the edge of a windswept road where drivers are liable to lose concentration and wander across lanes.
    “From the beginning we were radioed to assist in the incident as an injury, not an assault,” he said. “That's the way it was communicated to us. [...]
    The FBI has been cautious. It held a detail-light press conference on 21 November in which Emmerson Buie Jr, the special agent in charge of the agency's El Paso division, termed the event a “potential assault”.
    The possibility of an accident has not been ruled out. Could the men have fallen into the culvert below Interstate 10 near Van Horn, in a part of the state which has some of the darkest night skies in the country?

Glenn Spencer -- December 4, 2017  
Reports of a sideswipe raises questions
    The death of Border Patrol agent Martinez two weeks ago remains a mystery, but simple facts leading to the tragic event need clarification. For example, there are persistent stories that the agents were found in a culvert that runs under Interstate 10, and they may have been sideswiped by a truck that was changing or wandering across lanes. This raises serious questions.
    Google Earth shows something that might be a culvert running under Interstate 12 about twelve miles from Van Horn as reported by CNN, but it is not clear as there are other culverts.
Also, the CNN video report showing the culvert where the agents were found seems inconsistent with the report in Breitbart,and their own story, as they show a photo of a culvert that seems to be behind the one pointed to by the reporter.
    ABP took a closer look at Google Earth to try to find another culvert under I-10 one mile east of where we thought the incident took place and found this one, however it doesn't seem to be consistent with either the CNN or Breitbart reports.
    Due to the confusion, ABP will withhold any further analysis until we can pinpoint where the agents were actually found.