Next of kin sought for victim here

Local law enforcement officials say they have identified the man they believe was killed in a hit-and-run accident Thursday evening near the intersection of Sgt. Paredez and Trades Avenue on the city’s north side.The victim was identified by the Big Spring Police Department as 62-year-old Eleutario Torres Padron. However, law enforcement officials are having some trouble locating the man’s family.“No family has been found for the victim,” Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer for the BSPD, said. “The department is asking anyone with information on the victim’s next of kin to please notify the police department.”According to Everett, Padron’s body was discovered lying in the roadway in the 600 block of Sgt. Paredez Street shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday.“Officers found a severely injured male who was transported to the emergency room by ambulance,” Everett said. “At this time all evidence in the case indicates the victim was struck by a vehicle. He was found by a passer-by who notified police.“He (Padron) later died as a result of his injuries. Howard County Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman ordered an autopsy, which was expected to be performed Friday afternoon in Lubbock.”Everett said the case is being treated as a fatal hit and run, however, no description of the suspect or suspects or any vehicle description is known.“The vehicle that struck the victim left the scene prior to him (Padron) being found,” Everett said. “ There is no suspect or vehicle information currently available to pass on at this time. However, anyone who has any information on this crime should call the Big Spring Police Department.”Area residents with information can contact the BSPD at 432-264-2550.Contact Staff Writer Thomas Jenkins at 263-7331 ext. 232 or by e-mail at