Person of interest named in death of homeless military veteran

Person of interest named in death of homeless military veteran
38-year-old Michael Anthony Jimenez (Source: Lubbock Police Department)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Metro Special Crimes Unit is currently searching for 38-year-old Michael Anthony Jimenez who is considered a person of interest in the death of 51-year-old Cristino Gil Ortiz. Ortiz, an Army Veteran, was found deceased in his Lakeview Apartment on February 1, 2019.

51-year-old Cristino Gil Ortiz, found deceased at Lubbock's Lakeview Apartments Friday morning (Lubbock Police handout photo)
51-year-old Cristino Gil Ortiz, found deceased at Lubbock's Lakeview Apartments Friday morning (Lubbock Police handout photo)

Investigators believe Jimenez may have information about Ortiz’s death and would like to speak to him. Like Ortiz, Jimenez is known to be homeless and has ties to the Amarillo area.

Ortiz has been known to be homeless and was recently provided housing by Vetstar at Lakeview Apartments. He began living in apartment unit #5 around November of 2018 and is the last known person to live there. Ortiz was also known to live in the Amarillo area for several years.

At this time, the circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. The time of death is also unknown, but detectives believe his death occurred sometime in November.

Jimenez is described as Hispanic male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5 foot 9 inches and weighs approximately 190 pounds.

People with information on Jimenez or his whereabouts are asked to call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

Through a new partnership, Kerby and Wade Law Offices in Lubbock is dedicating an additional $5,000 to the original Crime Line Reward, bringing the total possible reward to $10,000 for information about Ortiz’s death.

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