LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Authorities identify the man found dead in a northeast Lubbock field, but questions remain about how he ended up there. The Lubbock County Medical Examiner named the victim late Wednesday afternoon. He is 27-year-old Daniel Arguijo Jr, of Lubbock.
A water utility worker discovered Arguijo's body Monday afternoon near North Guava Street and East Municipal Drive, but due to the condition of the body, it took investigators two days to identify him. The medical examiner estimates his body was in the field for up to two weeks.
Investigators still have many questions left unanswered, but they do have some idea of when Arguijo went missing. He was reported absent without authorization from Lubbock County CORT (Court Ordered Residential Treatment Center) on North Holly Avenue June 26th. The center is just a short distance north of where Arguijo's body was found.
The medical examiner says there were no signs of trauma to the body, but police say their investigation continues. "Given that location and that geographic area, certainly that is something that they're looking at. Obviously it won't be closed until the medical examiner released final results. Hopefully they'll be able to answer all the questions, but perhaps not considering the nature in which the individual was found," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said.
"The findings indicate that there were no significant traumatic injuries, and by that I'm saying there was no evidence of gunshot wounds, penetrating defects, like broken knife tips. We're aware of some medical history, but probably at this point I wouldn't want to elaborate further on that," Lubbock County Chief Medical Examiner Sridhar Natarajan, MD said.
Natarajan also says Arguijo did not suffer any blunt force trauma. The cause of death is pending at this point, and authorities say it could remain undetermined. We'll of course keep folks updated.
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