- Thursday July 22nd, 2010 :: 01:25 p.m. CDT
Recovery of child's remains possibly linked to 2004 report of missing child.
On Monday July 19, 2010, at approximately 1:20 PM, Detective Sgt. Dustin Ponder was notified of a suspicious discovery in the 1600 blk No. Seminole. The homeowners reported they were installing a ceiling fan and entered into their attic to make connections. Upon entering the attic they observed an ice chest in a corner of the attic. They removed the ice chest from the attic and due to the suspicious odor emanating from the ice chest they called Sgt. Ponder. Detectives and the Special Crimes Unit responded to the scene. The ice chest was opened and it was determined that it contained the human remains of a small child. Justice of the Peace Nancy Bosquez responded to the scene and ordered that an autopsy be conducted on the remains in Lubbock, Texas on Tuesday July 20, 2010. The remains are believed to be those of Miguel Angel Nunez, who was born in 2003 and has not been seen since 2004 because this was the residence where Miguel and his family formerly lived. Positive identification of the child may take several months due to the how the child was found. Family members of Miguel have been notified of this discovery. The investigation of this incident will continue with the Special Crimes Unit and Detectives formerly assigned this case. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Special Crimes Unit at 378-9468 or Crime Stoppers at 374-4400. Preliminary autopsy results determined the ice chest contained the body of a very young boy. The preliminary autopsy was inconclusive at this time and further studies will be necessary to determine a cause of death. Over the last 3 days the Special Crimes Unit has been attempting to locate a person of interest in this case. This person was located Wednesday evening and Detectives have left Amarillo to interview him. There are no formal charges pending or filed against anyone involved in this case at this time.
Amarillo Police Department
200 Southeast 3rd Avenue
Amarillo, TX 79101
Crime Prevention Unit
1600 N Seminole St
Amarillo, TX 79107