Deadly Car Fires Leaves Family and Police With Unanswered Questions - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/3/03

Deadly Car Fires Leaves Family and Police With Unanswered Questions

On Monday funeral services were held for 22-year-old Veronica Muniz. Meanwhile, family members are trying to cope with the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death. The car and Veronica Muniz were found near the turn-row in the middle of a cotton field off I-27 and FM54, miles from where she was last seen and from where she was headed.

A 911 call referencing a car on fire came in around 3 a.m. Saturday. Hale County Sheriff David Mull says Abernathy police were first to arrive, finding 22-year-old Muniz still breathing but badly burned, "The car was fully engulfed and she was out of the vehicle but in proximity to the car."

Mull says Muniz was airlifted to University Medical Center, with burns to 90% of her body. She later died as a result of the wounds. But what exactly happened is still unclear says Mull, "The Hale County Sheriff's Office, the ATF and the State Fire Marshal's Office is currently involved in the investigation."

Meanwhile in Slaton, her family and friends mourn the loss. Veronica lived with her parents and was very close to her two sisters, brother and five nieces says her sister Maria Muniz, "It's hard. We're still trying to cope with it. It's like she's not here she's at work and she'll be back later that kind of feeling. It's kinda hard to understand that she's not going to be with us anymore." She also describes Veronica as a very warm and loving person, "She was loving. She had a big heart. She was always saying I love you. The minute she walked in she would say I love you. Her big smile is always going to be with us."

Family members have no idea what happened to Veronica, or why she would've even been in this area. Investigators are confident this was not an auto accident, but they are stopping short of calling it a homicide at this time.

If you have any information on what happened out here or leading up to it, you are urged to call David Pool, the Hale County Criminal Investigator at (806) 296-2724.

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