Second person of interest named in Sanchez investigation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/26/09

Second person of interest named in Sanchez investigation

Courtesy: Lubbock Police Department Courtesy: Lubbock Police Department

LUBBOCK TX, (KCBD) - Lubbock Police are looking for a new person of interest in Tina Sanchez's murder investigation. They now want to talk to 27-year-old Raymundo Garza, Junior.

Police say Raymundo Garza, Junior is a new person of interest and they want to talk with him. They think he may have some information vital to the investigation. Friends and family traveled to Lubbock to remember the life of Tina Sanchez at her funeral Thursday. "She was loving and caring, just the type of person anyone could lean on," said her niece, Andrea Gallardo.

"We just can't believe it. Never in a million years would we think that this would happen to our Aunt Tina. She didn't have any enemies. No one hated her," said Gallardo. But someone did take Sanchez's life. When officers arrived Sunday afternoon they found Sanchez's house in disarray and injuries that could not have been self-inflicted.

Thursday, police announced a second person of interest 27-year-old Raymundo Garza, Junior. He's wanted on an unrelated parole violation. He stands 5'11" and weighs around 160 pounds. "What has led detectives to naming him a person of interest remains part of the investigation and some of that is still quite sensitive to the investigation," says Captain Greg Stevens of the Lubbock Police Department.

Officers say there's the possibility the victim and Garza knew each other. "Rarely do homicides occur where those are unknown to each other immediately. Those are the rarity, and now, whether this case turns out to be that we're not sure," adds Captain Stevens. Sanchez's family tells NewsChannel 11 they don't know anything about the new person of interest.

Since no actual suspects have been named, NewsChannel 11 wanted to know, what is a "Person Of Interest"?
 
A police spokesman says, "They could be a suspect but we don't know.  Detectives have some indication they might be involved but not enough information to 'go on' and call them a suspect.  So. we need to interview them and either rule them out or say yes they are a suspect; basically, somebody we'd like to talk to."

The investigation continues and Sanchez's large, close-knit family hopes for answers. On the day of her funeral officers still had not released a preliminary cause of death.

Officers say Garza could be in possession of and driving the victim's white Dodge truck with a Texas license plate 08M-ZH7. If you see Garza or the truck call Crime Line at 741-1000.

2/24/09
Authorities still mum on cause of death and possible suspect
Police have still not named a suspect in the homicide of Tina Marie Sanchez. They've also not released a cause of death.

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