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Body found in Hale County identified as Celestino Rodriguez


The investigation into the disappearance of Celestino Rodriguez led investigators to Hale County where at approximately 10:45 p.m. last night, a body was located in a field near County Road 315 and County Road K, northwest of Abernathy, Texas.

The body was transported to South Plains Forensic Pathology where an autopsy will be performed. Investigators have confirmed the body found is Rodriguez.

On Saturday, August 3, 2019, the family of Rodriguez, 79, reported him missing to the Slaton Police Department. After their initial investigation, Slaton Police Department activated a Silver Alert on Monday, August 5, 2019.

On Wednesday, August 7, Slaton police requested assistance from the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office. It was agreed that the Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit would have the necessary resources to continue the investigation and they assumed the case and are working alongside the Texas Rangers.

Four individuals arrested in connection with this case. Brett Garza, 33, and David Hampton, 53, were both arrested on charges of of Credit/Debit Card Abuse of an Elderly Individual 65 years or older. Toby Daughtry, 39, and Amanda Blagburn, 33, were both arrested on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

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