Lamesa Police Investigate Suspicious Death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/22/04

Lamesa Police Investigate Suspicious Death

Lamesa police are waiting for autopsy results before they rule a suspicious death murder. A Lamesa city worker found a dead body at a vacant lot in the 500 block of Southeast 1st street just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday. It appeared the body was dragged into the tall weeds at the lot. Police believe it is the body of 36-year-old Pedro Edward Garcia of Lamesa. He has been missing since August 31st. A wallet containing Garcia's ID was found on the body.

Lamesa Police Chief, Richard Garcia, says, "It's hard to ID a body that's exposed to elements for several days so we contacted DPS of Lubbock and they sent a criminalist to remove the body from where it was found to be taken to the Medical Examiners office of Lubbock."

Family and friends close to Pedro Garcia feared the worst when he went missing. Now with his death all but confirmed, they are beginning to grieve. They are sure the remains found on Tuesday are Pedro's. His brother was asked about tattoos police observed on the body, tattoos he says match his brother's.

In the meantime, all the family and friends NewsChannel 11 talked to couldn't think of anyone who would want to hurt the man they cared so much about. Pedro's girlfriend, Leticia Garcia, says, "He made me real happy. He made me love. He made me feel like I was loved like nobody else did."

This day would have been Leticia's two year anniversary with Pedro. The couple has a 1-year-old son together and had plans to do something special the day he disappeared three weeks ago. Leticia says, "We had talked. I was going to meet with him," she says as she breaks down in tears.

Leticia, and Pedro's family and friends, knew something was wrong when days went by with no word from him. Friend Johnny Rodriguez says, "We would always drive by and he was whistling at us. A real good friend." Eliasar Garcia, Pedro's brother says, "A week passed, two weeks, nothing. He would always call you know and that's when I started thinking something happened."

When Eliasar's wife called him at work to say police had found a body, he just knew. Leticia recalls her reaction saying, "I went crazy. I went crazy. I don't want to think, I want to think he's somewhere out there." No matter how hard she looks, Leticia Garcia knows her love is not coming back. She says, "We had a lot of plans for the future. He would always say we're going to grow old together. I just can't imagine he's not going to be around no more."

Memorial services for Pedro Garcia will be planned as soon as the body is released from the Lubbock Medical Examiners office. When NewsChannel 11 talked to the family Wednesday, they said his mom was on her way from Colorado. This is the fourth son she has lost out of twelve.

Lamesa Police encourage anyone who knows anything about Pedro Garcia's disappearance to call them. The number is (806) 872-TIPS that's (806) 872-8477.

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