As an investigation into the February death of a Big Spring man remains at a standstill while investigators await lab reports, members of the man's family are pleading with Crossroads residents with information on the case to come forward.
Daniel Flores, 44, was pronounced dead the evening Feb. 19 in a vehicle at his residence in the 1400 block of W. Second Street after family members discovered his body, according to officials with the Big Spring Police Department.
Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD, said progress on the investigation has slowed to a crawl as the wait for laboratory results in the case continues.
“The lab reports are vital to the investigation,” Everett said. “Unfortunately, the labs which handle these types of tests are swamped, meaning the wait for results can be six months or longer. It's very frustrating for the detectives working the case, as well as the family members who want so badly to see this matter cleared up.”
Police reports indicate officers were dispatched to 1407 W. Second St. just after 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in reference to an unattended death.
“Officers were met by family members of the deceased and advised Flores had been found sitting in the passenger seat of an old vehicle on the family property and had passed away,” Everett said. “The investigation revealed Flores had come home late Sunday night or early Monday morning and had been assaulted. A family member observed Flores had been beaten and had obvious injuries.”
Everett said Peace Justice Quail Dobbs ordered an autopsy, which was performed in Lubbock.
“The autopsy determined Flores died from serious internal injuries which were the result of an assault,” he said. “The location of the assault is still unknown.”
According to law enforcement officials, Flores was driving a brown Chevrolet Tahoe around the time the assault is believed to have occurred. Members of the Flores family are urging local residents who may have seen the local man or his vehicle the night in question to come forward.
“This has been so frustrating for the family,” Stacy Flores, the deceased's daughter-in-law, said. “There isn't a day that goes by the children in the family don't ask for Daniel. The older children try their best to comfort the smaller ones, but even they don't understand what happened. No one understands it. It's been very hard on the family, feeling that absence, day after day.
“Someone out there knows what happened to Daniel. We just hope they will come forward, that way we can get some closure on this. It's hard enough to lose someone you care about, but to not know how or why they were taken away from you makes it that much tougher.”
Flores would have turned 45 years old Aug. 7.
Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Big Spring Police Department at 432-264-2550 or Big Spring Area Crimestoppers at 432-264-TIPS (8477).
Information leading to an arrest or indictment could be worth up to $1,000, according to Crimestopper officials, and callers may remain anonymous, if they wish. No caller ID is ever used in conjunction with Crimestopper tips.