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New Summerfield PD investigates missing person, deceased body

NEW SUMMERFIELD, August 4, 2014--UPDATE: On August 1, 2014, the New Summerfield Police Department received confirmation from the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas, Texas,that the body discovered on July 29, 2014, near Recklaw, Texas, was that of Javier Jimenez.

Jimenez was positively identified utilizing finger prints on file.

The Medical Examiner listed the cause of death as Homicide due to Gunshot Wound.

There is no further information to release at this time and the investigation is continuing with the assistance of several allied agencies. 


Original Story

NEW SUMMERFIELD, July 31, 2014-- On July 24, 2014, the New Summerfield Police Department initiated a missing person investigation on Javier Jimenez. Jimenez was reported missing by his wife, who stated she last saw him on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at their home in New Summerfield. Jimenez left at 7:00 a.m., en route to work in the Jacksonville area. Jimenez did not return as expected and was subsequently reported as missing. 

The New Summerfield Police Department initiated an investigation, conducted interviews, and pursued investigative leads in an attempt to locate Jimenez. 

On July 29, 2014, a 2001 Ford pick-up was reported abandoned on a parcel of land in rural Cherokee County near Reklaw. The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and located a body in the bed of the truck. The New Summerfield Police Department responded to the scene as well. 

An inquest was performed by Cherokee County Precinct #4 Justice of the Peace, Judge Vera Foreman.  Foreman ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. 

On July 30, 2014, New Summerfield Police Department officers traveled to Dallas and attended the autopsy.  The officers collected evidence; however the cause and manner of the death were not reported at the time of this press release.  The body has not been identified at this time. 

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, the Cherokee County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation.

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