Police seek public's help to identify victim found in N.E. Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/6/09

Police seek public's help to identify victim found in N.E. Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Homicide detectives continue their investigation into how a young man ended up dead in northeast Lubbock.  They hope you can help identify the victim.

Investigators say it appears the young man's body could have been in the field for up to three months before a utility worker discovered it just before 3:00 p.m. Monday.  A crewman with the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority found the body near the intersection of North Guava and East Municipal Drive. 

A cause of death has yet to be determined, but police are investigating the death as a homicide. They plan to have the mounted patrol out Tuesday morning to search the area. It's the same area where three women were found brutally murdered; the most recent was just last summer.

"It's very difficult due to the state of the body," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said.  Police tell NewsChannel 11 the victim's body was so badly decomposed, it took them three hours to positively identify him as male. At this time, investigators can only say the body has been in the area for some time. "That could be a week, that could be a month, or even longer," Stevens said. 

When police learned the utility worker found the victim in the same area where three suspected prostitutes were found brutally murdered, they too wondered if this discovery is connected. "Obviously, as soon as we received the call it raised a couple of eyebrows," Stevens said. 

Authorities found the body of Monica Adams, 29, back in August of last year just a short distance away, near North Martin Luther King Blvd. and East Bradley Street.  Investigators determined she died from multiple blows to the back of the head.

In April of 2007, a jogger found the body of Selena Kuykendall, 40, along East Municipal Dr. between North Guava and North Olive Streets. She had been stabbed and beaten.

The body of Amanda Gschwend, 19, was found in a cotton field near North Olive and East Municipal Dr. in July of 1999. Gschwend died from blunt force trauma to the head.

"Everybody is going to ask the question is it connected to any other bodies found in this area, well we don't know," Stevens said.  He says investigators will look into any similarities. They'll also identify any differences. "Obviously the previous ones were females that were found out in this area," Stevens said. 

In the meantime, authorities ask anyone with information to come forward. "If anybody knows that somebody is missing, that's gone missing in the last week to two or three months, go ahead and start calling Crime Line," Stevens said. 

Police tell us the victim is a white or Hispanic male.  He's between 18 and 25-years-old and stands 5'6" to 5'9" tall and weighs between 130 and 160 lbs.  He had on blue jeans with a black leather belt. He also had a plain white T-shirt and Vans style, lace-up tennis shoes.

Police say he also had on a green and white cross necklace made of plastic, craft string. If you know who the victim could be, call Crime Line right now at (806) 741-1000.

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