3 charged with murder of Celestino Rodriguez, police searching for Heather Casias

Updated: Aug. 17, 2019 at 12:21 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Heather Casias, Brett Garza and David Wayne Hampton have now been charged with the murder of 79-year-old Celestino Rodriguez.

Lubbock police obtained the murder warrants on Friday night and are now asking for public help as they continue their investigation.

Garza and Hampton are in custody, but police are actively searching for Heather Casias. Casias is 5 feet tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Gerber at 806-777-0396.

Authorities found Rodriguez’ body on Friday, Aug. 15, after he was reported missing on Saturday, Aug. 3.

Officials said the body was found around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in a field northwest of Abernathy. The body has been taken to South Plains Forensic Pathology so an autopsy can be performed.

Five arrests have been made in this case, all related to the disappearance of Rodriguez.

Police announced the arrest of Toby Daughtry, who was charged with the unauthorized use of Rodriguez’s vehicle, on Wednesday afternoon. Daughtry hinted at the location of Rodriguez’ body when he told police the suspect accused of stealing his car said he had beaten Rodriguez and left him in a field.

That suspect, 53-year-old Hampton, along with 33-year-old Garza, are the ones thought to have beaten Rodriguez and left him, according to an arrest warrant. Those two are also accused of using Rodriguez’s bank card numerous times.

Garza was taken into custody Wednesday night in Lubbock and Hampton was taken into custody by police in Abilene after turning himself in. They are both charged with felony debit/credit card abuse.

A GoFundMe has been set up to benefit the Rodriguez family. You can find a link to it here.

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