Body of Missing Lamesa Man Found - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/4/05

Body of Missing Lamesa Man Found

Source: Nancy Lopez-Flores Source: Nancy Lopez-Flores

Authorities executed a search warrant at a Lamesa home Friday night where a man was found dead earlier in the day. It's not known what caused the death of 28-year-old Michael Lopez, but his family is certain foul play was involved.

"I knew something was wrong cause it's not like my brother to not call," said Michael's sister, Nancy Lopez-Flores.

A tarp now covers a shallow grave where the body of 28-year-old Lopez was discovered three days after he was reported missing.

"I went to the police department and told them that i believe there was foul play - there is something else. The story's weren't matching," said Nancy.

Nancy said Lopez was last seen around 8pm Tuesday night. That's when their cousin Randall McKnight came to get him.

"His story was that he went off and met somebody else at Town & Country and he dropped him off and that was it. He hasn't seen him - and nothing else," said Nancy.

Just hours after Nancy went to police Friday morning, a Lubbock attorney representing the McKnight's met with Lamesa law enforcement.

"We were led to this particular residence that is behind me where we discovered the person who was reported missing," said dLamesa Chief of Police, Richard Garcia.

Chief Garcia says someone is being considered a suspect, but the name of the person or persons has not yet been released. "Because of the attorney's involvement we haven not been able to interview anyone at this time," he said.

While police continue to search for answers, a Lamesa family is saying good-bye to a son and brother.

"He was a good person. He was a great guy...would hurt nobody. Nobody," said Nancy.

The Lubbock Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy.

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