Federal Bureau of Investigation says Border Patrol agent killed in West Texas was not attacked

FBI says no evidence of attack on dead Border Patrol agent

Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, said an attack from behind would explain why investigators found no evidence of a struggle.

Martinez, 36, died late on the evening of November 18.

"The dispatcher also wrote into a Border Patrol log, "[He] thinks they (both agents) ran into a culvert". "To date none of the more than 650 interviews completed, locations searched, or evidence collected and analyzed have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack".

The statement noted that a Border Patrol dispatcher spoke with Martinez's injured partner that night. Trump Tweeted after mentioning the incident. Martinez's partner, who has not been identified, told a Border Patrol dispatcher, according to an Federal Bureau of Investigation statement.

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Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who promised Martinez's mother that his attackers would be held accountable, acknowledged Thursday that the death now appears to have been an accident, according to the Texas Tribune.

Martinez's death became a political talking point, with President Donald Trump saying Martinez was attacked and calling for a border wall. We reached out to the offices of Cruz and Abbott to see if they still support their earlier assertions, but we have not received a response. "We will, and must, build the Wall!".

Cruz, in a November news release, called Martinez's death "a stark reminder of the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities and those charged with defending them". But the agency added that the investigation would continue and a $50,000 reward to anyone with information about the case is still in effect.

Federal authorities on Wednesday said there was no evidence to support the theory that a Border Patrol agent was attacked before he was found bleeding on the side of a Texas highway a year ago. Agent Martinez later succumbed to his injuries. "The FBI continues to investigate and will continue to follow leads as they arise".

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El Paso Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie said in a statement that his office investigated multiple explanations, including whether Mr Rogelio was "ambushed or attacked". Of the 19 agents who have died on duty since 2010, at least 10 died in accidents.

Concentrated investigative activities and canvasses for witnesses and evidence have taken place across the United States.

Mr. Martinez's father, Jose Martinez, said in an interview shortly after his son died that he believed his son had been attacked, perhaps in a trap set by someone. Investigators also talked to six employees of Union Pacific Railroad, which had locomotives in the area.

Then late Wednesday, Emmerson Buie Jr. special agent in charge of the FBI's El Paso office, which led the investigation, released a blockbuster statement: "To date none of the more than 650 interviews completed, locations searched, or evidence collected and analyzed have produced evidence that would support the existence of a scuffle, altercation, or attack on November 18, 2017".

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The autopsy report, released Tuesday night, said Martinez suffered brain hemorrhaging and fractures to the skull, eye socket, right ribs and collarbone, as well as contusion of his right shoulder, according to Dr. Janice Diaz-Cavalliery, assistant El Paso County medical examiner. The manner of death is undetermined. The FBI widened its search to several states, erecting billboards asking for help from Texas to Southern California.

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