LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - On a Tuesday morning in July, around 7 a.m., a mother with her young daughter in the car wonders if what she sees in the distance is real.
After a 911 call and an investigation, deputies confirm it is in fact, a young woman's body, naked from the waist down, dumped on a county road not far from Slaton.
Investigators identified the woman as 21-year-old Cynthia Palacio. They say Palacio died of strangulation.
Assistant Chief Deputy Doug Sutton with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office says he believes the vehicle that dumped Palacio's body may have been a pickup or a vehicle with heavy duty tires.
Sutton also says it could be the same truck that dumped Linda Carbajal's body one year later.
Sutton confirms Palacio and Carbajal were roommates, born in the same month of the same year, both 21-years-old when they died, and both dumped on remote county roads.
Investigators believe the person responsible for these homicides may be a Hispanic or possibly Native American man.
Sutton says they are close to a breakthrough in both of these cases and hope someone will come forward with the information they need to make an arrest.
"These were someone's babies, someone's child at one point in their life. They were good people, they went astray, they got caught up in life and trying to get by in life," Sutton says.
"How would you want to be treated if that were you that were laying on that street road dead? What would you want everybody to do for you? Would you want them to just leave you discarded and left there for nothing, trash, or would you want everyone to do everything they can possibly do to find the killers?" Sutton asks.
If you know something about these homicides, please call Crime Line at 741-1000. That is an anonymous tip line open to callers 24/7.
Contributions made by Kera Eady.