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Lubbock Police Name A Suspect In Suspicious Death

Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office
Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office Source: Lubbock Sheriff's Office

Lubbock Police expect to file charges against the suspect in Saturday's suspicious death, but investigators are still determining what the actual charge will be.  Police arrested 45-year-old Karen Follis Monday morning.  She's suspected in the death of 25-year-old Kristine Noelle Bufkin.

A driver discovered Bufkin's body underneath an over pass in east Lubbock on Saturday. Sunday, investigators took 45-year-old Erasmo Rodriguez into custody for an unrelated warrant. He's been named a person of interest in the case.

A driver found Bufkin's body underneath the East Loop overpass at Southeast Drive Saturday morning, but investigators say they quickly learned there is more to the case than just that scene.  Investigators found the victim's car several miles from there, so they know that scene is related. Now, they tell NewsChannel 11 they're looking at two other locations that could be related.

Police call this a complex case. They're not sure if it's a hit and run or a homicide. Authorities say Follis and Bufkin knew each other, but they still don't know how well. While they couldn't go into detail, they say they had enough evidence to call Follis a suspect Monday afternoon.  "They are, right now, working on what exactly to charge her with and what charges to present to the District Attorney's Office in order to secure an arrest warrant," Lubbock Police Captain Greg Stevens said. 

Follis was in custody Monday night for an unrelated charge.  She had not officially been charged in Bufkin's death.    


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