departments who respond immediately to help save human life-
WE came into first
contact with this police department and their caring personnel
while following up on a lead. Their response was immediate
- they arranged flyers to be dispersed thorough their city and
arranged for the local TV media to air our live report.
& Mrs. Salazar,
On behalf of myself, Capt. Fournet and the entire New Iberia
Police Department we regretfully express our heartfelt
condolences. We had hoped and prayed that this would not be the
outcome and always wished for Esteban's safe return. When the
cell number was traced back to a Shreveport number and that
information was forwarded to Det. Myers we waited to hear some
good news. I know that nothing that I can express in this letter
could ever relieve any of your sorrow. Just remember that
Esteban is in a much better place now and you will meet again in
Heaven. If there is anything that anyone at the New Iberia
Police can do for you please do not hesitate to call.
You will be in our prayers,
Lt. Keith H. Koen #304
New Iberia Police
457 East Main #104
New Iberia, LA
all is like it looks or as advertised" - about the Garland Police Department leadership and its role in this
The Garland police web page once read: "The mission of the Garland Police
department is to protect life and property, and to provide a
feeling of safety and security in the community through fair and
impartial enforcement of the law, community partnerships, and
creative problem solving. " Chief
Mitch Bates-Garland Police Department (2003-present)
Bates has ignored all complaints sent to him by the Salazar
family and never notified complainants of having received their
complaints or investigating them. This official criminal
neglect to uphold the law and abuse of police powers violates Texas law.
The discriminate behavior as to who is allowed to participate in
the complaint reporting process is illegal. A complaint copy regarding this reported behavior was sent to his
Garland City Manager - Bill Dollar. This letter was also ignored.
At the time of Esteban's disappearance,
Chief Larry Wilson presided over the Garland Police Department
until late 2003. He retired shortly after.
The Garland City Manager, Mr. Jeff Muzzy (2004) and Garland City
Attorney, Mr. Charlie Hinton (2005) have since resigned their posts and
moved on. A Dallas Morning News article stated that Mr.
Hinton had been fired. The Lead Detective in
Esteban's case, Detective Matt Myers retired on September 2005.
Captain Jody Lay
remained in the Department as the head of the
"Intelligence Unit". Captain Lay personally
directed the search and investigation of this case which he
prematurely labeled it to be a runaway and later a "suicide"
show that he supervised all the searches for Esteban, selected
the personnel and is responsible for the failed rescue and the unsuccessful recovery. He influenced and gave
specific instructions to his investigators as to whom to
investigate and which evidence to collect. He refused/discouraged
volunteers and search professionals from assisting in the rescue
Lay began to spread negative rumors about the Salazar family.
Sealed the records of this case. Wrongfully influenced the final
determination of this case.
Is it possible for a leading police veteran with this
training and experience to have been so grossly
negligent and sloppy, as the facts indicate? Or did he conspire to cover-up
an abduction/murder investigation and other reported organized crime
activities? Was he acting on his behalf for his own interests or
for those of
his former boss Police Chief Larry Wilson and/or other influential
city of Garland leaders/businessmen??
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Garland, Texas -
January 4, 2003 - Esteban D. Salazar
mysteriously disappeared and is "missing
under very unusual circumstances"
and following a "blocked phone call" he answered.
His mother and
uncle reported him accordingly and pleaded with the
Garland police for their urgent and immediate help to assist in locating him.
Conflicting stories by the
Garland police: The Family's
statements and the Police Reports
to the Media about their
On 7/24/04 The Garland Police stated to the news media
and reporter Trahan/Martinez of the Dallas Morning News who
police say the family reported Esteban missing in Jan. 5,
the same day he was entered into a national
"missing-persons" data base, and two days later a
detective was assigned." This statement given by the Garland
Police to the media is absolutely false, incorrect and misleading.
This one of many misleading statements is documented and
confirmed in their own
police intake reports.
The Garland Police
internal report indicates that
Esteban was not entered into the missing-persons data base until
Jan 13, 2003.
Nine days later!! Instead he was knowingly wrongfully
and viewed as a "runaway"
in National Crime
Information Center data base on Jan 5, 2003.
Esteban was treated as a
"runaway", therefore no appropiate immediate timely action to locate and
rescue Esteban ever took place by local law enforcement. Later
on, a Captain Bob Barber from the Garland police released false and misleading information
to the public in a recorded audio stating that Esteban's mother listed him as a "runaway"
which added to their reason to treat it as such
(to be posted
After reading the report he later recanted the story.
familiar with a missing persons case knows how important it is
to properly identify this type of disappearance in order
to act accordingly and save a life. The first 48 hours of the search and
rescue of a missing child/adult are very critical. Runways
are some many in numbers that no urgency is given to find them.
At the persistence and following numerous pleas by the Salazar
family, Esteban's status was finally corrected and changed to
Only after precious time was
wasted, more urgency and seriousness to locate Esteban was
beginning to be given in this case.
About the time after we
sent a complaint to Garland Police Chief Wilson the search and
investigation is joined personally by a Captain Jody Lay-head of
the intelligence division. Captain Lay's appearance begins
misinforming the Salazar family that Esteban's status wrongfully
entered as a "runaway" can not be changed because the Garland
police reporting system does not allow for it. He
added that any person 17 years old and older can not be reported
as missing-endangered but only as a "runaway". This
statement proved later to be completely incorrect and an outright falsehood/lie. Captain Lay has been
characterized as the Garland Police Department's "henchman" by
previous Court records obtained. He rose to stardom within the
Department following the "secret" investigation of corruption by
Garland City Council members.
These many early motivational demands to the Garland police by the Salazar family
unfortunately brought great resentment, retaliation and vindictiveness by
some Garland Police and City officials. Meanwhile, precious time and
a young human life with a very promising future was being
terminated and wasted.
The Dallas Morning News-(7/24/04)
by Marina Trahan Martinez- During this report the
Garland police spokesperson stated to the reporter/Ms. Martinez
that the police did not and will not disclose any of their final
findings of their investigation to the media or the public
because it would embarrass the
Salazar family. The subject of child abuse was mentioned.
In a press release to the D magazine in 2006 the Garland police stated that there
was no evidence in their case files of any child abuse and only that
of girlfriend problems. This was the first time this
"girlfriend problems" cause was mentioned by the police.
Garland's Police failure to follow the Texas
Law - Code of Criminal
Procedure- Handling a
reported missing child.
These following series of letters received in 2005 from the Garland
Police leadership clearly indicates that Esteban's missing-endangered
report should have been handled completely differently by the Garland Police on
January 5, 2003 with a need for immediate urgent action. The
following is a letter from Esteban's father to Garland
City officials indicating the police failure to urgently act on January
5th and 6th, 2003. The other following letters explain how Texas
Criminal Code addresses this serious and desperate situation.
Captain Lay violated this law and mislead the Salazar family- he
stated that no
immediate action could take place because of Esteban's age (17)
since in Texas he was considered an adult. This as we now
observe below was another one of his many lies.
Letter to: the Garland Police - FYI:
> This is the Texas Code regarding handling a missing children
> you see, Esteban's report fell within Texas Code Art. 63.009 A.1.
> missing endanger to the Garland Police not once but twice.
> investigation to locate Esteban should have begun immediately
on the first time reported!! To ignore it twice was just pure malice!
> This most appropriate timely action to locate him may have saved Esteban's life.
Thank you for confirming this information.
> Bill Salazar
The following are the responses to
Esteban's father letter-
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dunn, Councilwoman Terri" <TDunn@ci.garland.tx.us>
> To: "Conley, Greg" <Conley@CI.GARLAND.TX.US>;
> Cc: "Dunning, Councilman Randall" <RDunning@ci.garland.tx.us>;
> Bill" <BDollar@ci.garland.tx.us>;
"Day, Mayor Bob" <BoDay@ci.garland.tx.us>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 4:10 PM
> Subject: RE: procedure when handling a report of
> involving a youth
> Chief Conley,
> Thank you for the information.
> Terri Dunn
> From: Conley, Greg
> Sent: Wed 12/14/2005 3:54 PM
> To: Bill Salazar
> Cc: Dunning, Councilman Randall; Dunn, Councilwoman Terri;
> Bates, Mitch; Day, Mayor Bob
> Subject: RE: procedure when handling a report of
> involving a youth
> We follow Texas Law. To my knowledge the Texas Code of
> is not in conflict with any Federal Laws. Chapter 63.009
Texas Code of
> Criminal Procedure, given below, makes reference to reporting
> children in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
> purposes of the Code in question dealing with Missing
> means a person under 18 years of age.
From: Bill Salazar [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2005 11:35 AM
> To: Conley, Greg
> Cc: Dunning, Councilman Randall
> Subject: Re: procedure when handling a report of
> involving a youth
> Dear Mr. Conley,
> Thank you for remitting the enclosed information-regarding
Texas Code. I
> was aware of this code but... Does the Garland Police
> this State Code or do they follow Federal Code specially since
> aligned to the use of the NCIC on missing children? What is
> definition of a child as interpreted by the Garland Police ? Texas
> Federal Code?
> Sincerely yours,
> WD Salazar
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Conley, Greg <mailto:Conley@CI.GARLAND.TX.US>
> Cc: Dunning, Councilman Randall <mailto:RDunning@CI.GARLAND.TX.US>
> Dollar, Bill <mailto:BDollar@CI.GARLAND.TX.US>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2005 1:42 PM
> Subject: procedure when handling a report of
> involving a youth
> Mr. Salazar,
> In response to your request to Councilpersons Dunning and Dunn
> Day concerning the Garland Police Department's "procedure when
> report of 'missing-endangered' involving a youth" the
> statute from the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article
> Art. 63.009. Law Enforcement Requirements
> (a) Local law enforcement agencies, on receiving a report of a
> missing child or a missing person, shall:
> (1) if the subject of the report is a child and the
well-being of the
> child is in danger or if the subject of the report is a person
> known by the agency to have or is reported to have chronic
> including Alzheimer's dementia, whether caused by illness,
> defect, or brain injury,
immediately start an investigation in
> order to determine the present location of the child or
> (2) if the subject of the report is a child or person other
> child or person described by Subdivision (1), start an
> investigation with due diligence in order to determine the
> location of the child or person;
> (3) immediately enter the name of the child or person into the
> clearinghouse, the national crime information center missing
> person file if the child or person meets the center's
> the Alzheimer's Association Safe Return crisis number, if
> applicable, with all available identifying features such as
> records, fingerprints, other physical characteristics, and a
> description of the clothing worn when last seen, and all
> information describing any person reasonably believed to have
> or retained the missing child or missing person; and
> (4) inform the person who filed the report of the missing
> missing person that the information will be entered into the
> clearinghouse, the national crime information center missing
> person file, and the Alzheimer's Association Safe Return
> number, if applicable.
> (b) Information not immediately available shall be obtained by
> agency and entered into the clearinghouse and the national
> information center file as a supplement to the original entry
> soon as possible.
> (c) All Texas law enforcement agencies are required to enter
> information about all unidentified bodies into the
> and the national crime information center unidentified person
> A law enforcement agency shall, not later than the 10th
> after the date the death is reported to the agency, enter all
> available identifying features of the unidentified body
> (fingerprints, dental records, any unusual physical
> characteristics, and a description of the clothing found on
> body) into the clearinghouse and the national crime
> center file. If an information entry into the national crime
> information center file results in an automatic entry of the
> information into the clearinghouse, the law enforcement agency
> not required to make a direct entry of that information into
> (d) If a local law enforcement agency investigating a report
> missing child or missing person obtains a warrant for the
> a person for taking or retaining the missing child or missing
> person, the local law enforcement agency shall immediately
> the name and other descriptive information of the person into
> national crime information center wanted person file if the
> meets the center's criteria. The local law enforcement agency
> shall also enter all available identifying features, including
> dental records, fingerprints, and other physical
> of the missing child or missing person. The information shall
> cross-referenced with the information in the national crime
> information center missing person file.
> (e) A local law enforcement agency that has access to the
> crime information center database shall cooperate with other
> enforcement agencies in entering or retrieving information
> national crime information center database.
> (f) Immediately after the return of a missing child or missing
> person or the identification of an unidentified body, the
> enforcement agency having jurisdiction of the investigation
> cancel the entry in the national crime information center
> (g) On determining the location of a child under Subsection
> or (2), other than a child who is subject to the continuing
> jurisdiction of a district court, an officer shall take
> of the child and shall deliver or arrange for the delivery of
> child to a person entitled to possession of the child. If the
> person entitled to possession of the child is not immediately
> available, the law enforcement officer shall deliver the child
> the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services.
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Outrageous events that followed-
of a missing teenager, Esteban D. Salazar, under very unusual circumstances-
Esteban David Salazar-a 17 year old Hispanic male departed
from his home on the afternoon of 1/4/03 following a
"blocked phone call" he answered. At about 3:00 PM
Esteban's parents leave to go to the movies and later dine out.
Upon their return, his parents, Beth
and Bill Salazar, discovered Esteban not returning and missing
from his home on that evening @ about 7:30 PM . Five minutes later, they received a phone call from the
girlfriend's cell phone. She was asking for Esteban's
Esteban's parents stayed up and waited for Esteban to return home that
night. The next morning his father went out to look for
him. His mother and uncle later followed. There was
no success in finding him or any of his known acquaintances.
Anxiously, they had waited less than the required 24 hrs. to
file a missing person report with the Garland Police.
Action to locate Esteban by family members and friends began
immediately on that morning and continued non-stop all day.
On this day, after calling the Garland police @ about 3:50 PM
and placed on-hold by telephone for over 45
minutes Esteban's mother, Beth, goes to the Garland Police
Station with her brother-in law where she waits another 30
minutes before her incident report is taken. During this
long wait, Esteban's Uncle inquires about information on local Asian/Oriental
gangs-they report their suspicion Esteban may be a victim. He is told that there are no gang problems in
Meanwhile, Esteban's father and Aunt Ginny continue searching to locate
A missing person under unusual circumstances (suspected possible gang
related or possible hate crime) report
was filed by his mother on
1/5/03 with Officer D.C Kazmierski #5614 and Supervisor
G. J. Gregory #2547. This report was later also found to be
incomplete. Esteban's unusual behavior the
previous week, personal possessions left behind and the
unidentified phone call are very significant facts to suspect
something unusual occurred. Nevertheless, she was then
advised to return home and informed that someone from the
Garland Police would be in contact
with her soon. Time passes, and no one contacts her or
any member of the Salazar family.
Police incident reports received later
indicated that no action by the Garland Police to locate
Esteban ever took place other than the in-taking of the limited report
indicate that on 1/5/03 following the missing report filed; Police Officer R.K. Buckholt
#2830 enters Esteban as a "Runaway" on the internal law enforcement
data base (NCIC). Meanwhile, the family with the
assistance of the Richardson Police Department continue to desperately search for Esteban
On 1/6/03, after still not hearing from the Garland Police
and unable to get through to Lt. Thompson by phone, the Salazar family (Mother,
Aunt and Father) go to the Garland Police Station to inquire about the status of the search and
rescue for Esteban. They are informed at the front desk
that no BOLO order was out and that no one is searching
for Esteban. The case was assigned to a Detective Matt
Myers who reportedly will not return to work until 1/7/03. Outraged
after hearing this, they demand to speak to whomever is in
charged. The attending Supervisor Lt. Thompson is called and the
Salazar family begin to voice their displeasure about this police's
failure to respond in this case and again request their
urgent assistance. This is what the Garland police has
labeled in their reports as the "Garland
Police's initial interview."
Herein, the Salazar family urge Lt. Keith Thompson to assist them
immediately in searching for Esteban and again reiterate to him
about the very unusual circumstances involving Esteban's disappearance
following the "blocked call" he answered and the number of calls
from the girlfriend's family he received on that morning.
Some which he screened and did not answer. In
addition we related that we have discovered some more new alarming clues and
leads. We suspect that there is foul play and criminal activity involved
in Esteban's disappearance and an unloaded-pistol from Esteban's home is
then reported to be missing. There is absolutely no knowledge
as to who and when the pistol was taken from the Salazar home,
but it is now another new and very major concern. WE are worried for
Esteban's and other persons' welfare since gang involvement is
Lt. Thompson advises the Salazar family not to
be too gravely concerned and worried, he instructs them to return home and look for Esteban at his High School on the
After the Salazar family presented all this circumstantial evidence
of gang involvement to Lt. Thompson, with absolutely no known supporting information of his own,
Thompson believes and considers Esteban to be a runaway.
action to start a rescue/search for Esteban is taken by the
Garland Police. We are very apprehensive and suspect our
complaints are beginning to outrage the Garland Police
leadership to the point that they will be vindictive and
retaliatory against us and compromise our search and
The Salazar family was quickly made aware by neighbors and recognize that the Garland Police has a
recorded history of discrimination and use of excessive force
against minorities; this
is now becoming a very serious concern for them. In lieu of
all these concerns, other law enforcement agencies such as the
FBI and Texas Rangers are later contacted by the Salazar family
to assist. The Garland police refuse any assistance from
them even though the case may involve the abduction of a child.
The next day, 1/7/03, the Salazar family continues their
frantic search for Esteban, the Garland Police has not contacted
them and Esteban is still nowhere to be found.
Meanwhile, as instructed Esteban's parents have gone to Naaman
Forest High School, spoken to the
Principal- Mr. Steve Baker and the School Resource Officer
Wickersham. Rumors that Esteban was murdered by a
major drug supplier and lying under a bridge are prevalent at
the high school. As expected by
the Salazar family, there is no sight of Esteban at his school.
In the late afternoon the Garland Police
finally contact the Salazar family and begin the search.
During the late afternoon, a Department of Public Safety helicopter is heard hovering
above Esteban's home. The police soon arrive at their home. They announce to the
Salazar family that their search/rescue for Esteban is now
underway. The Salazar family make themselves and their home
fully accessible to the police. The Salazar's inquire about any information on
of the "blocked call" received. None is known but we are told
by police that an information
search will be ordered immediately.
Police records that were sealed and received later (2005)
following open records requests and a mandate by the Texas Attorney General indicate that this phone records
were not ordered by Garland police until (4) four months later.
At the start of the police search, the Garland Police / Lt.
Esteban's parents numerous questions; but one of the first was which is Esteban's dominant hand.
They are told this will give them direction on their foot search
from the home.
This same information had been previously obtained earlier from
The Salazar family reported to the Garland police all the areas
that they have already
thoroughly searched and about a reported lead/sighting of Esteban from a
next door neighbor having seen Esteban walking southwesterly on
Brand Rd. on the day he disappeared. Also another nearby neighbor
reported seeing two young men walking in that same direction,
one of them was identified as Esteban. All of this information is
immediately shared with the Garland Police. Strangely, the police
ignore it all; they begin and continue their foot search away from the only reported sightings and in the
complete opposite Northerly direction toward
George Busch Freeway, in the areas already searched.
Limited and precious time and resources are wasted and they do not locate him.
Days later, the police report of another lead from a female fellow
student of Esteban's that reported him walking on Apollo Rd. near
where his remains are later recovered.
This reported lead by the police has never
been confirmed to ever had occurred.
repeatedly failed to
disclose the identity of this individual. Nevertheless,
the Garland police still continues their search away from the
direction of all these reported sightings area for another two months.
The delayed start of the search/rescue operation by the
Garland Police, the police search team not following the only
sightings and other new numerous and mounting negligent actions began to raise
serious red flags.
Following the early failures by the Garland
police, the Salazar family immediately and reasonably
requests to them the use of a bloodhound and again to utilize
their many available volunteers
(100+) for the search They
are denied both requests.
well known professional search group (Eqquasearch) offering to help contacted Captain
Jody Lay and was also denied any
participation in the search at this early stage.
The Salazar family first meeting with Captain Jody Lay was
quite bizarre. In an unprecedented visit he arrived at the
Salazar home. Wearing his cowboy boots and this
big yellowish/brown grin (from obvious long time tobacco
chewing) Captain Lay makes an impressive appearance. His
first order was to gather all and to embrace every family member and to later conduct a
The initial Garland Police search consists of: the
limited use of a
Department Public Safety helicopter, cadaver dogs and a few
local police officers. We are very dumfounded at this early stage that
police is looking for a dead body and not for a living person.
They are also searching in the opposite directions; North of
his home and away from where all of the reported and listed sightings of Esteban (South and West from his home).
Precious time and
resources continue to be wasted!
As they look for Esteban
and talk to people, the Salazar family begins to hear from a
great number of Garland citizens not too expect too much success
from the Garland Police
They are discouraged. But they still hope and pray that these statements and the other many stories told
are only about their past bad history (of the Garland police
department's record) and it will not reflect its present performance.
For added assurance, other law enforcement agencies (FBI) are
contacted to assist by the Salazar family since they suspect
Esteban was kidnapped. But they are told
that the FBI will only participate if asked by the Garland police.
The police refuses to request their assistance.
The Garland police
searches continued to be conducted in areas that already
were previously reported searched by the Salazar family. These
foot and air searches bring no results. Soon after, we learned
more that that the volunteer
search group Texas
Equusearch had contacted the Garland Police to also assist
in the rescue for Esteban and they were denied participation.
Additionally, for unknown reasons at the time, the Salazar family is told
many very negative things
about this search group and its Director Mr. Miller by the Garland Police's
Captain Lay. Contemporaneously, its leader/Director, Mr.
Tim Miller, is being told negative things about the Salazar family by the Garland Police such as "the Salazar family have secrets/skeletons hidden in their closest."
and that Esteban had committed suicide*. Suicide was
reported by Captain Lay before Esteban's remains were discovered
Miller and TexasEquusearch were not intimidated and always kept in touch with the Salazar family; and later assisted.
They participated in the search/recovery for
other of Esteban's remains and personal items two months later.
During the start of the public announcements to alert the
public that Esteban is missing, the Garland
Police advises the Salazar family to limit the money amount of the
reward to $1,000. The family wanted to initially post
$25,000 reward to generate numerous and immediate leads. The Garland Police
objects and advises them that they do not have the manpower to
handle too many phone calls and leads.
Following many pleas and at the insistence of the Salazar family, on 1/13/03 the
Garland Police amend Esteban's listing
from juvenile-runaway to "missing endangered" by Officer J. M.
Conner #2460. Captain Lay was very upset about this
change. Now, a late BOLO- be on the lookout- is posted by
the Garland police.
Records indicate that not until 1/16/03 Captain Jody Lay #1708 makes a request
the bloodhound from
Search One Rescue .
Lay again misleads the Salazar family by informing them that no
hound dog were available.
On 1/18/03 their bloodhound "Bojangles" picked up a
very strong and sure scent, the handler said he
was 99.9% sure, which vigorously lead to them to entrance of the Brandon Place
Apartments (now Brandon Walk). This positive scent stopped here
The strong scent was not present anywhere else in the outskirt perimeter boundaries of
the apartment complex. It was reported then that most probable
Esteban entered into a motor vehicle here and was transported
This is where and when his kidnapping and captivity started.
It was reported by area residents that the Garland
Police Investigators did not
comb through any of the residential units or interviewed
residents to look or inquire about any sightings of Esteban or his whereabouts
on these premises.
There is suspicion from supportive evidence and reports
that Esteban did not die as had been reported by the Garland Police and
that he was held captive, tortured and murdered several days later
following his disappearance. His body was relocated and
once the physical evidence was destroyed the skeletal remains were later
scattered at the recovery area to
facilitate its official discovery by members of the Garland Police.
The use of the
bloodhound by the Garland Police at this late time of the search
for a living person was as a "show of resources" used. As can be
expected it, the bloodhound picked up a trail and
brought the police Investigators to where Esteban was most probable taken into
captivity. Nevertheless, the Garland Police failed to
properly act and follow
up on its
most important lead to that date. They fail and do not investigate the premises and its occupants.
Their reported limited investigation here consisted of speaking to the
Assistant Manager of the complex. The
Salazar family and volunteers later interviewed, door to door,
most residents at the apartment complex months later and
the Garland Police did not interviewed any of the residents.
Even though the bloodhound trail and the other reported
sightings directed the police search in this
direction the Garland police did not
officially search into this area until a month later.
Records indicate that a
lot of manpower and resources were grossly misdirected, mismanaged and misused in
Esteban's case by
the Garland Police Department. This search demonstrates
the reported wrongdoings and later the informed Garland city officials ignored it.
The Cover-up; sealing the investigative
records from the family and public; and the closing of the HOMICIDE
"We work for God," the investigation of
homicide is a "profound duty" that demands that anyone who
undertakes it to "develop an understanding of the dynamics and
principles" of proceeding in a professional manner. In the
pursuit of justice and truth, they should gain both knowledge
and experience, along with flexibility and common sense.
Investigator/writer Vernon J. Geberth/ MS - MPA
At the beginning of the homicide investigation we are very
discouraged with the hostile environment created by the Garland
Police and by the abusive remarks from Captain Jody Lay and Lt.
Thompson. They are constantly informing and reminding us
that this case is costing the police department and the city
lots of money and resources to investigate. They are also
very critical about the amount of media attention Esteban's case
is getting. We were hearing their numerous unnecessary remarks
such like "we don't even get this type of coverage when a police
officer dies". These unwelcome remarks are heard
frequently and repeatedly. We asked again the Federal Bureau of
Investigation to assist us in the search and rescue. They
responded that they can only help at the request of the Garland
Police. They are never requested to participate by the
A Limited and Closed Police Investigation - "The
The Garland Police investigation initially appeared to
be focused on Esteban's father being the suspect/murderer but
they waited until four weeks later to request and administer a polygraph
Was it a ploy to intimidate as retribution, derail the
investigation or delay?
Suddenly rumors were surfacing at the high schools
and community that Esteban's
father was a member of the
Mexican mafia and was
a criminal and very violent person. Reports from all of Esteban's
friends who were interviewed by the Garland police have stated
being asked solely about Esteban's relationship with his father
and not about Esteban's associates, girlfriend or activities. All of these same individuals were interviewed later by the Salazar
family and reported that Esteban had expressed to all of them having an excellent
relationship with his father but
strangely, none reportedly were
asked by the police about any of the criminal elements or associates surrounding
Esteban or Esteban's girlfriend and her family.
During the first week of the investigation, the Garland
Police investigators went to search for Esteban at his sister's
apartment in Dallas. Upon arrival the investigators stated to the
sister that they had reports that Esteban was being abused and that he had a fight
with his father. His sister, already suffering from a
mental illness, became more confused, anxious, depressed and was completely clueless as to what this
conversation was leading to. They asked why she did not
live at home and if she got along with her parents. She
responded that she did not know Esteban's whereabouts.
That she departed from home because she had in the past some disagreements with her parents
including electing to pass-up a scholarship @ SMU-college and living with a fellow
student and working.
This was the complete extent of her statement to the Garland
Police. The police
misreported information that Esteban's sister had stated to them being subjected
along with Esteban to child abuse at home.
This false information along with Esteban "being seen leaving
his home carrying a pistol" was reported by the Medical Examiner to be the
primary circumstantial evidence used to make a manner of death
determination. In 2006 the Garland police
reported to D magazine-November 2006 "Man Undone" that no such records were in their case file.
Instead they issued a new information release (2006-42). In
2008, this false information continues to be part of the autopsy
Four weeks into the investigation Esteban's father and mother
were asked to take a polygraph examination. He was
subjected to three (3) examinations. No one else underwent
examinations including the girlfriend-Huong. This person
had earlier provided false information to the police regarding
her communications with Esteban on the day he disappeared.
She had stated that she spoke on the phone with Esteban that
afternoon and he appeared to be "sad". Phone records
indicated she never spoke with Esteban that afternoon and most
probable all day. This was part of her many recorded deceptions.
During the first two months, the Garland Police
were constantly bringing up their many different theories and that they believed Esteban changed identities, ran away, and
later that he committed suicide.
Afterwards, the police
continued to offer the family many outrageous explanations as to why Esteban killed
himself. Some included that he: was undergoing some
hormonal changes - was not happy with his appearance - was
receiving poor grades in school - was not sure of his
sexuality - suffering of some mental illness - was undergoing a drug induced
psychosis- etc.. When Esteban's father told them that all
this talk was very ridiculous the police investigators asked him to write an explanation as to
why Esteban was murdered. A six page explanation was presented to the
Garland Police indicating why he did not commit suicide.
Facts and records later disproved all these aforementioned
police theories including his latest
and last grading report card which included all A's.
Although both of Esteban's parents were hoping to get the
polygraph examinations/investigation completed early in order that the Garland
Police could focus on other suspects, it lingered. Esteban's
father was summoned on three different occasions to take the
polygraph exam. The first two times the examiners
(Detectives Bobby Rachel (2/20/03) and Michael Parker
declined to administer the exam because of his severe
history and prescription pain medication, resulting from his multiple surgeries, claiming it
would not give accurate reading. The major surgeries
included: four spinal - two open heart and three abdominal in the
last ten years, accompanied with very serious life threatening complications of
The Garland Police contacted Esteban's father and asked him
to take the polygraph a third time, on 2/27/03, stating he
needed to clear his
name as a suspect. Detective Michael Parker, who
previously disqualified Esteban's father from an earlier exam, administers
The results of the
polygraph showed no deception to the
questions-Did you physically cause the disappearance of your
son? Did you physically cause the disappearance of your
son on January 2003? Both questions were answered NO
and showed no deception on three different occasions.
part of the polygraph examination
report was never shared with the medical examiners or other law
enforcement and became
part of the sealed records.
The FBI report dated 2/22/06
to Congressman Johnson
indicates that the only part of the polygraph that was used as
evidence was the selected part in which Esteban's father failed.
This part was a question related if knew of Esteban's whereabouts.
The answer given was NO
and it reportedly showed deception. For this he was wrongfully labeled
"dishonest" and the Garland police took full advantage of it.
After the polygraph examination Esteban's father was further
questioned and was repeatedly accused of lying to the Police.
They insisted that he knew about Esteban's whereabouts.
The Police repeatedly accused Esteban's father of physically
abusing Esteban and that on the day of Esteban's disappearance
there must had been a fight between them. None ever
occurred and was ever
stated!! Esteban's father
reiterated, over and over, that both of those allegations were
inaccurate and untrue. He added that Esteban is a
wonderful son and gave no reason at anytime for any discipline.
He reported to the Garland police that on this day of his
disappearance Esteban was laying by the pool sunbathing when he
shouted, from about 60 feet distant on the other side of the
eight foot fence, at Esteban about the nice day they were both enjoying. Esteban appeared to
have been startled and got up from the lounger uttering quietly
under his breath an unexpected profanity and went directly
inside the home. There was never an argument or fight as the police have misconstrued
in their reports.
Esteban later had lunch and remained in his bedroom until he departed
from his house at about 2:00 PM
following answering the "block phone call". From the
events before leaving it appeared as if he was waiting, for this
phone call or for two o'clock to arrive, in his bedroom. When he departed, his parents thought
he was going outside for his usual run and/or to meet someone in the
neighborhood. This was nothing out of the ordinary
The police Investigators were outraged to hear this story and
continued to badger and to accuse Esteban's father of
lying. Detective Myers followed by provoking Esteban's
father into a physical confrontation by telling him that he did
not like the way he had talked about him to his superiors.
Infuriated, he also told Esteban's father that there was no record of him
being in Louisiana searching for Esteban. This was very
outrageous and very strange since the local TV station interviewed
and aired him while at the New Iberia Police Department. An
official complaint on the incident was sent to Captain Lay by Esteban's father. No action/investigation was taken by the "GPD".
Esteban's mother was given a
polygraph exam on 2/20/03 and was never questioned about
the child abuse allegations in the household which to that
moment had played such a big
significant part in
the circumstantial evidence and final determination of the manner of death by the Garland
Through the course of the Garland Police Investigation we
have discovered that only Esteban's parents were given polygraph
examinations. Even though there is ample recorded proof of
numerous inconsistencies and criminal activities by some
suspicious individuals close to Esteban (girlfriend family
members) and that some had associations with known criminal.
All were exempt from further questioning and from any polygraph
examinations. One of the prime murder suspect/person of
interest was reportedly not interviewed by the Garland
Following the discovery of Esteban's skeletal remains the
Salazar family is contacted and informed (below-Email) by Captain
Jody Lay (who led the
Investigation) the following:
we are finished with our investigation, we will meet
with you and your wife to inform you of our findings.
far as getting access to our files, records, etc., my
recommendation would be an open records request.
Captain Lay or any other representative of the Garland
Police met with the Salazar family at the end of the
investigation to explain their findings and how they came to
reach their final conclusions. The
Salazar family learned that Esteban's case was closed from the
media on July 2004. Furthermore, the case files
on Esteban's investigation were immediately sealed after the
first request for case records were made in a
that the police determined to be unequivocally a "suicide".
The Garland police
controlled and manipulate the recovery of physical evidence at the alleged
crime scene - Dallas County Medical Examiner was not
The Dallas County Medical Examiner field team was kept
out of the recovery area by the Garland police- all physical
evidence that was collected and transported was done by the
Garland police. No forensic anthropologist was
requested to examine the few bones and evidence collected.
and after a lot of investigating by the Salazar family it
was later discovered that the Garland Police Investigators
calculatedly fabricated and planted false evidence
in the case files
which greatly influenced the handling of the: collection and recovery of
physical evidence, the autopsy examination, final determination of the manner of
death to be a "suicide" and
closed the homicide investigation. From the reports
received in 2008 by
the Medical Examiner-Dr. Jill E. Urban/Southwest Institute
of Forensic Science in Dallas , the primary
circumstantial evidence which the Medical Examiner received
from the GPD was conflicting and un-collaborated. It documented to be false, unverifiable, not
credible and misleading. This same misleading limited
passed on to the second medical examiner/Forensic
Anthony Falsetti at the University of
Florida/.C. A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory and
other law enforcement agencies.
General information as to the different locations were the
bones were recovered were not even provided to the Medical
Examiner. Neither were the recovered clothing. Some of this
which was provided and used as evidence included but not
limited to: 1. That Esteban was
abused at his home 2. That Esteban had a fight
with his father on the day he disappeared. 3.
That Esteban was seen leaving his home with a pistol.
4. That Esteban's father was a dishonest person.
5. That Esteban's father found his pistol missing
immediately after Esteban departed his home. 6.
That Esteban's sister collaborated that there was abuse at
the Salazar household. 7. That Esteban was an
adult - 18 years old- He was 17 and a minor.
8. That Esteban father told an investigator he thought
Esteban committed suicide.
All this false
information has been proved and documented to be false with collaborating
sworn affidavits provided by family and neighbors to the Garland Police,
Medical Examiner and other law enforcement agencies- They
were ignored. Instead new fabrications were presented.
was reasonably suspected that more
similar false and misleading information lied within these
closed investigative records that the Garland Police had sealed from the public.
case file without a doubt outlines their conspiracy to cover-up this
civil rights violations. In 2008, after receiving
information from an open records request
it was learned that there are no records indicating that the
Garland police requested the Dallas County Medical Examiner
to respond the alleged crime scene. In a Garland police report
which inadvertently was un-redacted
it stated that the Dallas County Medical Examiner "was
notified and did not respond". These same open records
information indicated that the Dallas County Medical
Examiner had no (0) homicide calls to respond on that day.
It is evident from these reports that Garland police wanted
to be selective and limited as to what was recovered and
noted. They assigned and directed a "rookie" police
forensic investigator to collect evidence.
physical evidence reported to be presented to the Medical Examiner by the
Garland Police was very limited and selected.
Bags with remains were unlabeled. Location of were
all the remains were found was not provided. The Medical Examiner only received Esteban's bones, all the
other physical evidence (personal effects, clothing,
firearm, etc....) was sent to other labs throughout Texas. All
laboratories reports were not shared. The
same limited false/misleading information was passed to the
second Medical Examiner/Forensic Anthropologist-Dr. Anthony Falsetti by Dr. Urban.
The results of any examination and final
conclusion is only as
good as the input data provided.
police property report received in late November 2007 was
the first incident that the Salazar family became aware of
all that was allegedly recovered during this case-they were
never allowed to identify the property recovered, including
the alleged registered pistol. Surprisingly this pistol
is not listed in the property inventory report
pistol is only reported
to have been recovered in the missing pistol report filed by
Esteban's father on the day (1/6/03) he returned to the
police station to ask the Garland police again to assist him
locate his missing son. A police search for Esteban
did not start until three days after he was reported
To withstand opposition, Esteban and
his family were scrutinized and criminalized by the Garland Police. Who
are Esteban's parents? Sharing their life together
A life time of love, devotion and caring. Living
productive and exemplary lives in their community. Devoting
themselves in their community to volunteer in helping develop
all youths through
sport and academics programs. Raising two responsible
and respectful children. It took no time for the
Garland Police to expeditiously destroy their good name and wrongfully brand the Salazar
family as dishonest and criminal.
following the evidence in Esteban's case, it is observed
that the gathering of forensic evidence at the recovery site
and the the amount of work performed was very limited or none at
all. It is outrageous
of the type and quality of work presented in a homicide investigation. Not
even insects were collected for an entomology analysis.
There was no initial forensic anthropology analysis of the
skeletal remains. No soft tissue remained.
Blood was reported
be present in the recovery area and on the alleged recovered pistol.
It is evident by the procedure mode of the Medical Examiner, that this
homicide case was already solved and was determined by the
Garland Police before this point of their investigation and
the manner of death was already determined by the
Furthermore, the use of cadaver dogs at the beginning of the
search, over a bloodhound-when one was available, and the
type of foot search performed demonstrates that the Garland
Police had already calculatedly determined the outcome of
the investigation with absolutely no physical evidence that
Esteban was dead and that he had killed himself. Maybe
the Garland Police intelligence unit already knew that
Esteban was deceased and a murder victim?
overwhelming initial influence that the Garland Police had
on Esteban's search and investigation set its
course of misguided direction. It followed with the independent
medical examination which found partial and limited skeletal remains
physical evidence. The results are exemplified by of a most incomplete
preliminary examination which excluded a very important (Forensic Examination
anthropology examination on this type of a case (bones). A general autopsy was
conducted first by Dr. Jill Urban which significantly altered the remains for this (FE)
examination. A forensic anthropology examination was
eventually conducted but only after the remains were released on
3/5/03 to the Salazar family
and the Salazar family had already contacted the funeral
home for their transport and Dr. Gill-King, a foremost
Forensic Anthropologist to examine them. Against the
Salazar family's wishes, the Dallas
County Medical Examiner took back the remains and sent them
Florida on 4/7/03 for an examination by Dr. Falsetti.
None of the personal items (ie clothing) were shared by the
the Medical Examiners.
later reported/confirmed by Dr. Gill-King that the police field
agent did not collect any insects along with Esteban's remains.
Evidence shows that the manner of
death of Esteban was prematurely determined by the Garland
Police before the skeletal remains were received by the
Medical Examiner. The use of Dr. Urban/ Medical
Examiner in this case was only to sign off on the Garland Police
determination and close the case. This is an
example of how not an independent medical
examination is supposed to take place.
is an expert comment from Dr. Gill-King - a renown Forensic
Anthropologist - on the medical examination
by Dr. Jill Urban of Esteban's remains:
Mr./ Mrs. Salazar:
Because of the questionable initial handling and
uncertain circumstances of curation of Esteban's remains by
the Dallas County Medical Examiner, and because the
anthropologist now examining the remains will undoubtedly
have altered them, there is little value in a third
Because of the nature of the remains as discovered,
the medical examiner should have remanded these without
delay to a competent forensic anthropologist.
Thank you for the update, and best wishes to you both.
Esteban's investigation by the Garland Police began with the
police Investigators deliberating beforehand the manner of death
and began to only look for evidence which would support
their "suicide" theory. When there was no
evidence to collaborate their "suicide", they fabricated
their own. All of their primary evidence
discovered has been documented to be
false, misleading and un-collaborated.
Esteban's sister became a victim for their plan to create an
abusive home life at the Salazar residence to support their
"suicide" theory. His sister has provided the Garland
Police an affidavit disproving such falsehood. The
fact that Garland Police betrayed her honesty and closed
Esteban's homicide case has caused her great pain and
suffering. She is presently struggling with more
severe mental illness.
November 2006-Dmagazine article titled "Man Undone" the Garland police
released the following new "Information Release# 2006-42".
this new fabricated information was never released before
and it clearly shows the deceitful intent to again mislead the reader
as pointed out below. This is very consistent with
their mode of dishonest operation throughout this case.
Audio tapes and documentation in our files
support the comments below-some had previously been provided
to city officials.
of this information reported here by the Garland police came
mostly from voluntary statements made by Esteban's father during his
interviews. This information (primary evidence) has
been calculatedly misconstrued and changed by the police.
Records and affidavits from witnesses assert this.
These wrongful actions constitute tampering with evidence.
Garland Police -
January 5, 2003, at 5:18 pm, Esteban Salazar was reported
missing by his mother (Beth Ann Salazar) more than 28 hours
after he was last seen in his room at their home on January
4 @ 1:00 pm. An extensive investigation was conducted by
the Garland Police Department involving hundreds of
man-hours by numerous police personnel. Numerous searches
were conducted by police personnel on foot in addition to
search canines and air support units.
information release provided is erroneous and incomplete for the
purpose of misleading the reader to believe that no urgency was
given by Esteban's parents. Phone records indicate
that Esteban mother called the Garland Police to report
Esteban missing @ about 3:50 PM and placed on hold for 45
minutes (not listed). She went to the Police headquarters where she
waited another 30 minutes before her report was taken.
Esteban did not depart from his home until after 2:00 PM
(not 1:00PM) and
was not considered missing by his family until after 7:30 PM
when he did not return home. He was reported
missing less than the 24 hours when he became considered
missing. Of NOTE: The police searches were conducted
away from where all the leads and sightings were reported to
February 28, 2003, members of the Garland Police Department
located the remains of Esteban Salazar along with his
father’s handgun in a wooded area not far from his home
during another specific search for his whereabouts.
Evidence at the scene indicated that the gun had been
specific search mentioned was reported to be from a lead
that came on the
second day of the police investigation. It took the
police two months or waited until after the physical evidence/soft
consumed/destroyed to inadvertently search in this area.
Police investigators were also assisted during the
investigation by the Texas Rangers and a Forensic
Anthropologist. The investigation revealed that Esteban
Salazar was the victim of a self inflected gunshot wound to
the head. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled
the manner of death to be a suicide. Although the Salazar
family continues to supply the department with information
regarding this matter, no credible evidence has been
revealed to date which would cause the department to doubt
limited and untimely participation of these mentioned; Texas
Rangers-Sgt. Shing and Forensic Anthropologist- Dr. Falsetti
occurred only after they were contacted/involved in the case by the
Salazar family. The Dallas Co. Medical Examiner ruled and
determined by using
the limited physical evidence collected (bones) and the fabricated
circumstantial evidence provided by the Garland Police.
This information and ruling also influenced other law enforcement agencies.
Circumstantial and physical evidence which would conflict
with the "suicide" was never shared with the Medical Examiner. A great amount of documentation linking Esteban to Asian
organized crime was provided to the Garland police but no
where in the information releases is there any mention of
ourselves, the members of the Garland Police Department
empathize with the Salazar family in the loss of their
child. No loss is more difficult.
More difficult is when
police fabrications and lies replace the facts the Salazar
family reported and you become victimized along side your
beloved deceased child and officials conspire to cover-up.
investigation has also been reviewed by both the Dallas
County District Attorney’s Office and the FBI (Federal
Bureau of Investigation) after concerns regarding the
investigation were made known to those respective agencies
by the Salazar family. No further action was taken by
information which was provided to these law enforcement
agencies included the same fabricated circumstantial evidence
which the Medical Examiner received. None of the
actual facts reported by the Salazar family were included.
following is a short list of some significant facts
discovered during this investigation.
Esteban was having “girlfriend problems” and
was upset shortly before his disappearance.
new "girlfriend problems" evidence was never mentioned and
considered before until now (2006). An audio interview
Captain Bob Barber makes absolutely no mention of this
"girlfriend problems" and
only indicates abuse and Esteban having an overbearing father
as reasons for his death. Since
previous submitted documentation/affidavits has
proved their previous (abuse) primary evidence to be false this new
one replaces it. The girlfriend's obsession for
Esteban is well documented by all her letters to him. The
relationship was very one-sided and to her dislike
Esteban terminated it. Would
Esteban kill himself over this or would someone kill for his
severing his association?
On the day he was last seen by his family
(January 4), Esteban left in anger after cursing his
father, Bill Salazar.
was never reported that Esteban had a fight and cursed at his father but
that his father reported hearing what he thought was
an uttered curse from 60 feet away, when Esteban was suddenly awakened while he
sunbathed. No angry fight was ever reported or exchange
of words only that
he was startled and went into the house @ 12:30PM. While
there he ate lunch, showered & shaved, stayed in his
bedroom. His mother arrived at 1:00PM. He walked
towards the pool area after he
answered the "block call" @ 1:58PM, without saying one word.
Both his mother and father watched. This is a very
important reported and recorded fact and
it has been manipulated/changed and excluded. This
fact is also recorded in one of the interviews which the
police continues to withhold.
During the initial interview with Esteban’s
father on January 6, 2003, Mr. Salazar told Garland Police
investigators that his handgun was missing from his home and
he believed that his son had gone into the woods and killed
mentioned here is that this so called initial interview with Lt. Steve
("Keith") Thompson occurred only after the police failed to
show up or contact the Salazar family on the following day
from when the missing report was filed. The Salazar
family (mother, father and aunt) went to the police
headquarters since they could not get the police to respond.
Esteban's father and aunt met with Lt. Thompson. His
mother was ill and returned to the car and waited. They expressed their dissatisfaction with the police
non-response and pleaded for their immediate assistance.
The statements and reports to the police included were limited to: Esteban's unusual
events the week before with Asian youths thought to be gang
associates, the blocked call he answered before leaving, the
girlfriend's photo turned down, Esteban's very good
character and not being able to locate an unloaded pistol
which was kept hidden in the attic. The missing pistol
brought the great concern that it may have been used or was
going to be used in the commission of a crime by Esteban's
associates. This was omitted. At no time was a
made by anyone in the Salazar family that they believed Esteban had killed himself.
The overwhelming circumstantial evidence that Esteban was
involved with criminal individuals gave only concern that he
was the victim of a murder and there was no consideration of
This is report is an added fabrication
of information by Lt. Thompson.
In addition Esteban's aunt was present during this interview
and heard nothing as such being expressed. Affidavits to the effect have been presented
and a open records request of the interview audio/visual
recording was requested. This recording will provide
additional proof of these fabrication of evidence. On
8/28/07 the police and city attorney refused to provide a
copy of the interview.
A resident, who lives near where the remains
were found, reported hearing a single gunshot sometime
around January 5, 2003.
report was later found to be unreliable and un-collaborated.
It was the only report of such and the police immediately jumped on it
to close the case.
unreliable because:1) The Creek family (resident/Apollo
Rd) was aware of
Esteban's missing case and only reported this gunshot after
Esteban's remains were recovered and they were questioned by the
Garland police. 2) They reported they heard the gunshot the day
Esteban disappeared. Suicidal individuals do not
ponder around for this long period of time before committing suicide. 3)
Kenneth Creek gave a very detailed story of what he observed when he heard
the gunshot as if he was waiting for it to happen and
identified exactly the location to match with the police
report of where the shot came form. a) Reported
searching around the location of where the shot came from and
found nothing. Esteban's body would have been
noticed if it had been there. The area was open.
Visual and the odor of decomposition would have brought
attention. b) He has later changed the time of when he heard the gunshot.
Un-collaborated because: 1) Police records have no
gunshot reports in that area during the time Esteban was
missing. 2) All local residents abutting the
area were interviewed and no one heard a gunshot on 1/5/03.
It consisted of more than 30 people. Police did not
interview any of the other many residents about the gunshot.
only Mr. Creek. 3) Local
construction workers at the building sites across the street
reported no gunshot sound on 1/5/03. Included about 15
people. Police did not interview them either.
Through the course of this case numerous leads and tips regarding
more sightings, suspicious
criminal activities by our suspects and relating to Esteban's
murder and documented phone#s subscribed to criminals link
to Esteban have been forwarded to the Garland Police
Investigators which they have continued failing to act on.
Not surprising if there is a
conspiracy for a cover-up by them.
By following the evidence
how the Garland Police handled this case it is only
reasonable to make some of these following determinations :
1. After the case
was closed, the Garland
Police failed to meet
with Esteban's parents because they did not want them to
know about the fabrications and misleading information which were used to make their
"suicide" determination and close the homicide
investigation. They could not explain to them their
determination of suicide.
2. The records of
the homicide investigation that was ruled a "suicide" were
sealed by the Garland Police to keep the Salazar family and
the public from ever finding the truth about the initial
handling of the case and Esteban's murder and the fabricated
information. This is part of the conspiracy.
3. The most
important phone records of the "blocked call" the police
stated ordering them immediately. The phone records
that the Texas Attorney General mandated the Garland police
to provide for the Salazar family indicate that they were
ordered by the police on May 9, 2003.
They waited over
four (4) months and only after the remains were
discovered and the final determination on the case was made.
should have been ordered immediately if a life was to be
saved. Captain Barber misstated on a recorded
audio that these records were ordered immediately. The subscriber information on that
"block call" that the Garland police shared with the Salazar family
has proved to have been false. They reported it to be a fax
blast. That was confirmed to have been false
information in 2007. The subscriber - Sarah McCarty -
claimed to been hired to collect personal information from
residences/businesses in the Dallas area. At the time
this family had owned a private mail service in Little
Saigon-Irving, Texas and was undergoing financial problems/bankruptcy.
4. The Garland
Police will never re-open this case, as they have
misleadingly stated to the Texas Attorney
General to except themselves from the Texas open records act
and being forced of opening the records to the public. These case records will further support their conspiracy
to cover-up. Finding the truth is not an option and would mean great
criminal and civil liabilities against the Police Department
and the City of Garland.
The Garland Police went
as far to lie to the News Media reporting that Esteban's
mother filed a "runaway" report which was their cause not to
treat this case with urgency. The published police records clearly indicate otherwise.
The quest for service and
Esteban and into finding his murderers were sacrificed in order to cover-up
numerous initial wrongdoings by the Garland Police Department in their
speculate that maybe the Garland Police knew too well and
before they found Esteban's remains of his prior resting location.
This can maybe be supported by
a bizarre Garland police search on 1/29/03 near were the
remains were later reported found. This
police activity was initially reported to the Salazar family
by neighbors who happened to drive by on that afternoon. Upon hearing
about this activity Esteban's father rushed to the scene.
Meanwhile Esteban's mother called Captain Lay to find out if
this search involved Esteban. Captain Lay informed
that this police search, which had closed a portion of Apollo Rd.,
was to capture a prisoner who had escaped from one of their
patrol cars. When Esteban's father got to the scene
the Garland police dispatched group was gone. The local
residents described that there were numerous patrol cars and
a canine unit. This police incident from Capt.
was regarded as being true, by the Salazar family, as it was
then reported by the Garland police until when a request for
records of this incident was filed under the Texas Open
Records Act. There was no record. The fact that it is almost impossible to
open a rear door from inside of a patrol car also gives more
question. A very suspicious and unexplained
response was received from the Garland Police that such
incident did not occur since it was not recorded. A
audio taped phone conversation from Captain Lay on 1/29/03
makes definite reference to this incident. On
2/24/05, Captain Lay was contacted on the matter and he
found only excuses for the Garland police not to
produce/find this incident report (to be posted). He
claimed he does not have date of the incident when one was
clearly provided to him by the Salazar family. A request to investigate this odd
undocumented occurrence of unexplained missuse of public
resources was sent to City of Garland leadership on 4/7/06.
The usual and consistent no response from the City of
Garland was received.
Looking back, it is very
strange that all the Garland police searches were
away and in the opposite direction from where Esteban's
remains were found. There were no leads or sightings
to place them there.
Garland police reported
that a lead received from one of Esteban's schoolmate's
during the first days of Esteban's disappearance had placed
them in the immediate area of the recovery
site. That was two months later and it was far and opposite where they had searched earlier.
Most of the physical evidence was gone. This
lead was reported by Captain Lay to have been
overlooked earlier in the police search and it was now the reason the
Garland police looked in this area two months later?
Two other sightings placed Esteban towards that location. In early 2006 we learned that the
reason the Garland Police
searched that field was because it was motivated by a call
from a local resident who came across what appeared to be a
human bone. The initial find was not as reported earlier by Captain Lay. By the time the Garland Police Forensic
Unit arrived to the scene most of the physical evidence was consumed.
There was no soft tissue. Initially Esteban's hip/leg bone were identified as animal remains
by the Garland forensic team. Later as they gathered
the few skeletal remains
the Dallas County Medical Examiner reclassified them as human.
ignorant and irresponsible position taken by the Garland Police
leadership and City of Garland officials to conspire in the cover-up and
condone this aforementioned criminal behavior of
their police investigators and leadership creates serious issues of honesty and
integrity for the Garland police department on their credibility and evidence that
will be gathered for future criminal cases and appeals; and will
jeopardize the ability of any trial prosecutor to be
successful for reaching a conviction on criminals. It
also raises the important question of how much evidence they
may have fabricated in the past to influence a determination.
Are there innocent people in jail and more murderers and criminals walking the streets due to
this dishonest, vindictive and malicious type of behavior
and police procedure?
In 2007, many such determined criminal cases in Dallas County are being
overturned with the use of science.
Police leadership and Garland City officials have extremely
gone out of their way to interfere with the Salazar family's
investigation into finding the truth surrounding the death
of their beloved son and to inflict great physical and mental pain; and
upon them to discourage them into their quest for finding closure.
reason would ask why?; if Esteban was a victim of reported child
abuse resulting in his death, a very heinous crime, as alleged by
the Garland Police (2003) and supported by the Dallas County
District Attorney, why were there no arrests and charges filed.
This strong false unsupported fabrication of circumstantial
evidence by the police closed a homicide
investigation and influenced a final manner of death
determination. In 2006 the Garland police reported
that they have no records of such reported abuse.
Feel safe? More murderers
walk among us!! and corrupt/dishonest police officers serve with unlimited
police powers !!
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The conspiracy to cover-up the murder of
Esteban D. Salazar and civil rights violations by Garland
Police and the City of Garland, Texas.
view of the aforementioned facts and that the Garland Police Department failed
and refuses to disclose to the Salazar family what were
their findings that brought closure to Esteban’s case, the Salazar
family launched an independent investigation. This
investigation’s mentioned findings describe what happened in
the handling of Esteban’s disappearance case forcing the
Salazar family to then ask if this is the standard procedure
of what a citizen should expect from a large modern and
well-trained police department? Some of the wrongful
actions are mentioned here.
isolated human errors and mistakes occur they may be
attributed to incompetence and negligence. Yet, when
repetitive errors occur during an investigation, patterns of
these mentioned wrongful actions are formed and then
establishes an outline of a suspected conspiracy.
glimpse at the trail of evidence of repeated mishandlings
and negligence by this investigators in this case could only
be construed that these wrongful actions are not out of
incompetence but are deliberate, calculated, planned and set forth by the guidance
from the leadership, Captain Jody Lay, in this investigation. Furthermore, when
great efforts are continually made to mislead, fabricate damaging evidence and
influence opinions for the purpose of steering the
determination of the manner of death on a homicide
investigation and to close the case, an obvious
crime has been committed.
the above mentioned happened in the investigation of
Esteban’s case. We contend that other law enforcement principals and agencies were
politically asked to support these wrongful and illegal
actions while they refused to disclose the content of their own
independent findings. And as such it shows a failure to uphold the
constitution of the United States as well as that of local and state laws.
there being no previous history as a troubled teenager,
Esteban was immediately profiled as a troubled Hispanic
“runaway” teenager. His good character and reported
exemplary conduct was never considered. As such; the
Garland Police Department waited three days after the
missing and endangered report was filled before actively
becoming involved in the case. Texas law requires immediate
By following the discovery and confirmation of the fabrications
of primary circumstantial evidence by the Garland Police; we
can also be suspicious that the Garland Police planted
physical evidence to further secure and influence the determination of
the manner of death of Esteban.
Following some of the trail of evidence from this
Garland Police search and investigative action that followed
it can reasonably be concluded that great efforts were made
locate Esteban’s body until most of the physical evidence-soft
was lost/consumed which could have undisputedly determined:
the manner of death - other injuries sustained - time of
death – place of death – etc. This physical evidence would have
completely and absolutely have discredited their fabricated
determination. Given the circumstances and people
involved, its suspected Esteban was tortured repeatedly
before his death.
search/collect/investigate for all physical and circumstantial evidence
that could resolve Esteban’s murder.
the collection of all physical evidence by their forensic team.
Alienate the Salazar family from the media and public by the
use of slandering rumors. Wrongfully influenced
official and public opinion.
systematic investigate only selective and limited
information that would cooperate with their “suicide”
to investigate reported criminal activities with individuals
and families linked to Esteban which would have directed
them away from their "suicide" theory.
interested on any additional leads following the reported
to inform the Salazar family of its final findings in their
determination. These findings contained the fabricated
primary evidence, which were sealed in the records.
the public from having access to the records of the
investigation. The records would show that physical
evidence consistent with a “suicide” resulting from a
gunshot wound to the head were not present. Also it would
reveal a number of falsehoods that were reported as facts to
the Salazar family by the police.
away all opportunities for the Salazar family to uncover
Esteban’s murder and bring no public’s interest into
Esteban’s case. Protect Asian organized crime
interests in the City.
Protect the Garland police and principals, and the City of
Garland from criminal and civil prosecution.
Ignore all official complaints.
Despite the Salazar family’s immediate reported suspicions
to the Garland police of gang/organized crime involvement,
unusual activities on the previous week and their requests to fully
look into these events
occurring the week prior to Esteban’s disappearance
they were never fully investigated:
Esteban’s cell phone records.
This unusual not use of his (teenager's) cell phone that for
seven+ months prior and later having contacted subscribers with
criminal records days prior to his disappearance.
Unidentified older phone subscribers who were
called with Esteban's cell phone were not identified by
Salazar family’s land Line phone records. The reported
records acquired by the police were limited to one of
the two phones and only to a period of days before
Esteban’s disappearance. An unidentified incoming call
(Verizon) minutes prior to Esteban’s departure from his
home was deemed as being untraceable by the Garland
police/Captain Lay but through the family’s perseverance it suddenly
became available by a police/court order four months later. This call was reported to the Salazar
family by the police to have been a fax blast from Efax.com. Following the phone records being unsealed by
the Texas Attorney General, the Salazar family was able
to trace the phone number and it was confirmed by
efax.com- legal corporate staff not to have been one of
Confirm reported places he visited with associates
during the prior days and on the day of his
1) Surveillance videos of the
Galleria-Shopping Mall in Dallas, TX where Paul Le- stated
being at with Esteban on the night of12/27/02
fully investigate these
events occurring the day Esteban disappeared:
To view surveillance videotape of Eckerd’s drug store @
Beltline Rd. and N. Garland Rd- sales receipt placed him
there on the morning he disappeared- It is suspected he
met someone there following a call from his girlfriend’s
father cell phone on that morning.
Why did the girlfriend not call Esteban on his cell
phone again that day following the 9:37 AM call?
Phone call from a Grand Prairie resident’s cell phone
with two male adult sons who lived at home.
phone information found of adult individuals with
extensive criminal records.
No police surveillance was reported at Esteban's service-
Salazar family employed a Private Investigator to monitor
guests and their activities.
following are some of the Garland Police actions in which
they showed blatant failures in performance:
Failure to report Esteban as missing endangered in the NCIC
database and issue immediate BOLOs (be on the lookout). Instead he was reported
as a “runaway” and received no immediate police service.
Failure to offer to assist in printing and distributing
“missing” flyers in the Garland community. In comparison, this was done immediately without
need of requesting
by the New Iberia Police Department in Louisiana.
Failure to call for a press conference to announce the
reward from the Carol Sund Foundation as it was previously
of professionalism and their repeated complaints to the Salazar family as
to the amount of media attention Esteban’s case was
Directed the Salazar family to limit the amount of the
reward money so their number of incoming calls be limited.
They reported a lack of personnel to handle the calls. This
limited the number of timely and serious leads.
Failure to immediately do a search of Esteban’s bedroom and
personal belongings for clues into his disappearance.
Esteban’s computer was removed from his bedroom on 1/8/03 at
the family’s insistence but a failure to search Esteban’s
bedroom and personal items for clues did not occur. The bedroom was never
searched. One computer was returned inoperable. More criminal contact information was found
written by an unknown third party in an GISD issued history book.
Failure to follow sighting and possible leads –
Failure to utilize and request VOLUNTEERS services available to
aid in the search for Esteban; including the ALERT program
of the NCMEC.
Volunteer groups were available on the first days of
the disappearance but were refused by the Garland
FBI and Texas Rangers were contacted by the family
to assist but their assistance was refused by the
Garland Police. False information was provided
to them by the Garland police.
Failure to request the appropriate search resources available in
order to adequately conduct the foot search. Cadaver dogs were
used ineffectively rather than the use of a hound dog while
Esteban’s scent was still fresh and there was hope of
finding him alive.
Failure to follow up
on a 99% positive hit of the Esteban’s
scent trail that ended at Brandon Rd Apartments parking
lot entrance. This hound dog search was conducted several weeks
later, at the family’s continued insistence - Records
indicate Capt. Lay ordered the hound dog at this time. The residents at the
complex reported not to have been interviewed by the police.
Captain Lay mislead the family by reporting that no hound
dogs were available early in the search to use. Search One,
the search group used reported one was available at
Divert manpower and attention from the search for Esteban by creating
personal conflicts with individuals of the Salazar family.
Esteban’s father was interviewed and summoned for a
polygraph examination three different times at the
Mesquite Police headquarters. Physical / verbal
confrontations were provoked.
Detective Myers accused Esteban’s father of deception by
stating that he had not traveled to New Iberia,
Louisiana and was never interviewed by the local TV news
station. Physical and verbal confrontations were
provoked. This trip conflicted with their version
of the suicide.
Esteban’s father testimony on the accounts on the day of
Esteban’s disappearance continued to be challenged. He
was asked to provide irrefutable evidence that Esteban
was murdered. A six-page report was provided why
Esteban did not commit suicide. Another meeting with an
investigator Brown took place on 3/18/03.
conflicts and attempting to divide Esteban's father and
mother-by accusing him of having an affair.
conflict and attempting to divide Esteban's father and
sister-by accusing him of abusing Esteban.
Stating slanderous falsehoods (“skeletons in the closet” and
child abuse) about the Salazar family to the media and
volunteer groups so they would seize and desist their
involvement in the case.
In 2006 the Garland police released an information release
(2006-42)stating that they were told Esteban had committed
suicide. This falsehood conflicts with all the
existing police reports / media interviews that no one in
the Salazar family was in that mind frame. They
reported from the first day Esteban was in trouble related
to suspected gang involvement and the rumors circulating at
all the area schools.
false reporting and limiting and selecting the investigative information they
shared with other law enforcement agencies (FBI-DCDA-Texas
Rangers) and the Medical Examiner. The Dallas County
District Attorney went as far as to ignore open records
requests regarding their own investigation of the Garland Police
and refused to provide these records.
Failed to have any surveillance personnel at Esteban’s memorial
service (2003) to look for suspicious individuals and activities.
This is standard procedure in any homicide investigation.
The case was not closed until July 2004.
Fabricating false information/primary circumstantial evidence about child abuse in the
family to support the “suicide” theory and close the case.
Fabricating false information/primary circumstantial evidence of a fight between Esteban and
his father on the day of Esteban’s disappearance.
Fabricating false information/primary circumstantial
evidence that Esteban was seen leaving
his home with a pistol on the day he disappeared.
Fabricating false information/primary circumstantial
evidence that in the initial meeting Esteban's father stated
that "he believed that his son went into the woods and shot
Fabricating information that Esteban’s father was a
Failure to act and ignore on reported illegal activities by
individuals suspected to be persons of interest in Esteban’s
case. Including the girlfriend’s family and other associates. Federal
Law provides local law enforcement with tools to combat
organized crime/gangs. A request and response from
Capt. Lay follows (to date there is no report that this
investigation ever took place):
I do not
need you to email me on a regular basis quoting the
Penal Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, Federal
Laws, Guidelines for Law Enforcement nor anything else
you find on the internet, your P.I. tells you or you
read in somebody's brochure. I am aware of and
experienced with the law, criminal procedures and legal
police practice. I know what constitutes probable
cause, reasonable suspicion and pure conjecture.
We are still
investigating the death of your son. We are following
the facts and evidence and will do so reasonably to
a logical conclusion. When we finish our
investigation we will brief you. As you know, we still
have lots of evidence to come in from forensics
investigations still on-going and the forensics
anthropologist in Florida.
As I have
said many, many times during your ordeal, trust us to do
We have not been
updated in awhile as to the progress on Esteban's
case. Can you please tell us something?
We suspect that the
Garland Police Department have been conducting a
full investigation into the "gang" association. Any
information on this?
Enclosed is our request
for an investigation on the "gang" subject.
Beth and Bill Salazar
Failure to provide language interpreters to interview leads
by Vietnamese callers. Family was forced to go to and ask
for interpreter assistance in Asian restaurants and businesses.
Failure to keep confidential information provided by the
Salazar family- confidential; this information was released to
Esteban’s girlfriend. This was calculated negative and
to close the relationship and any future chances of obtaining
more information from this family.
Misleading and failure to keep the Salazar family timely informed of the
investigation and the final findings that determined the
manner of death.
Denied the Salazar family all requests to identify the personal items
recovered at the reported crime scene, @ Woodland Park Dr.,
Garland, TX, which was the property of Esteban and his
family. The reported items included: clothing – personal
items and the alleged recovered registered pistol.
Failure to inform the Salazar family when Esteban’s homicide
investigation was officially closed.
Failure to request and limit forensics to retrieve entomological samples from
the site where Esteban's remains were found which would have
greatly aide the medical examiners final determination.
Failure to have the Salazar family identify the personal items
found along side Esteban’s remains.
Failure to investigate origin of the reported bullets
thought to have inflicted the gunshot wound, came from along
with others found in the gun since they were of a different
type from those previously used. No bullets for this
pistol were available at Esteban's home.
Failure to attempt finding whose unidentified DNA sample was
found on the pistol. Did not ask for DNA samples of any of
Esteban’s “friends” / girlfriend in order to rule out or match the DNA
found on the gun that did not match Esteban’s nor his dad’s.
Failure to administer polygraph examinations to people of
interest suspected to know what mortal trouble Esteban got
himself into. Only Esteban's parents were reported to
Failure to interview residents of Woodland Park Dr.,
Garland, TX- This Street is the access way to the field
where Esteban’s remains were discovered. Some of the
residents reported to the Salazar family unusual events
occurring prior to the remains been found and all reported
not being interviewed by the Garland Police.
Failed to confirm and verify that the primary circumstantial
evidence used to close Esteban’s case was true and factual.
Wrongfully influencing the outcome of the Medical Examiners
determination by not collecting available physical evidence
and only providing limited physical evidence to the Medical
Examiner found at the crime scene. There was no reported:
insects – presence of blood - The Medical Examiner
reportedly used the primary circumstantial evidence provided
by the Garland Police since there was not enough physical
evidence for her to make a scientific determination on
Esteban’s manner of death.
The primary evidence that was provided by the police was
fabricated and false. That has been confirmed. Copies
of this evidence was sent to the police, the US Department
of Justice and the Dallas County District Attorney. It
is also posted in this web site.
Delayed forensic examinations
results on the pistol – clothing – DNA
-. Medical Examiners manner of death determination was made
before this information became available to them. Forensic
report on the pistol was reported on about March of 2004.
One year later. The final determination on the case
was already made.
to influence Esteban’s sister to state that there was child
abuse at home. Investigators told her there was
was being molested. She was interviewed only once
and when they knew
she was alone in her apartment on 1/13/03. The police
investigators used the pretext they were searching for
Esteban hiding in her apartment.
factual information to the Salazar family regarding
the following on the investigation. Included but not limited to:
The unidentified call received on 1/4/03
having provided all physical evidence and information to
the Medical Examiner
Having checked Thu Q. Nguyen’s-(Huong's sister) motor vehicle for
illegal license plates- the automobile continued to operate
with illegal plates for seven more months and was seen
parked daily at 4002 Burning Tree, Garland, TX -Lt. Thompson
reported investigating and never seen it. Many other
motor vehicles visiting this home followed this same MO.
WE suspect they traffic drugs out of Garland into different
parts of the USA.
Captain Lay reported investigating into all Esteban’s associates and
finding no criminal elements.
Captain Lay initially reporting to the Salazar family that their
system could only enter Esteban as a “runaway” because of
his age (17YO) and they could not make a change.
Lt. Thompson stated to the Salazar family that the city of Garland
did not have gang problems- and none of the persons of
interest in the case were associated in it.
Capt. Lay reported to the Salazar family that they found
Esteban’s remains based on a sighting that was provided
during the first days of Esteban’s disappearance, which
placed him nearby. This lead was reported to have been
neglected by the police. A resident reported that a
neighbor discovered a bone thought to be human and called
the Garland Police.
Investigators stated to the Salazar family that the Garland
Police gang unit never reported any gang complaints or
investigated any of them at a suspect's home on
Capt. Lay reporting to the Salazar family that no bloodhound was
available on the first week of the search.
J) Capt. Lay reporting that the Garland police or
himself have no records of the closing of Apollo Rd.,
Garland, TX on 1/29/03. At least four patrol cars and
a canine unit were reported to be there. Capt Lay
reported that a prisoner had escaped. Police records
have no history of this incident. Below are some
Emails in another cover-up attempt by Capt. Jody Lay- misuse
of public property was reported to the city officials and
Sent: Friday, April 14, 2006 4:35 PM
Subject: Fw: Esteban Salazar (2003-R000499) -
GPD Search on 1/29/03-Apollo Rd. Incident Report??
Where you able to
find out about any information on the
records/incident report on the Garland Police search
I requested? If there are no records, is this
another case of misuse of public resources by
certain individuals in the Garland Police? Captain
Lay may have another "good old boy" story for all of
us like the one enclosed he sent to me. Do I buy
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2006 9:53 AM
Subject: Fw: Esteban Salazar (2003-R000499) -
GPD Search on 1/29/03-Apollo Rd. Incident Report??
WE previously requested for this
information; but there is no record!! Given that at
least four patrol cars were involved in this police
incident and a major roadway was blocked, a police
report of some type should have been generated/filed to
account for man hours and resources used on that day?
In a taped recorded phone call Captain Jody Lay reported
to Beth Salazar-Esteban's mother, that a fugitive was in
the loose in this area-had escaped from a Garland Police
patrol car?? Captain Jody Lay comes up with this
unexplained letter which context makes absolutely no
sense- In it he says that he needs an exact date for
the Garland police incident - This "exact date" was
clearly posted along with the location included with our
requests to the Garland police.
Can someone follow-up on our
request for information- This Garland police incident
is in the immediate area where Esteban's remains were
recovered four weeks later. It is the road between the
apartment where the trail scent ended and where Esteban
remains were found. If this Garland police incident is
not related to Esteban's case, these police records
should be available to anyone who makes that request.
That includes me.
Beth A. & W.D. Salazar
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2005 6:37 AM
Subject: RE: Esteban Salazar (2003-R000499) -
Search on 1/29/03-Apollo Rd.
Division inquired of me regarding this incident. I
remembered a couple of different times when I called you
to let you know of police activity in the area of your
home, timely to Esteban's disappearance. I remembered
that on both incidents I knew ya'll would become aware
of the police activity and become concerned that it
might involve Esteban. Since the calls did not involve
Esteban, the purpose of my calls at the time was so your
family would not get alarmed.
is that since they did not involve our investigation, we
have no records of them in our investigative reports,
nor my phone calls to your. The department gets well
over 200,000 calls for service in a year's time. Since
neither you nor I can remember an exact date, it is
difficult for them search the records with sparse
information. I spoke with them and gave them as much
information as I could recall to attempt to locate the
record of this particular incident, but at last report I
heard they were having trouble locating the records.
Without a name, a date, an exact location, it is almost
like looking for a needle in a hay stack at this point
I did all I
could do to help out and am willing to try again.
actually captured who they were chasing, they would not
have necessarily completed a report. Without more
information on that particular incident, I can't say for
sure that a report was completed.
I hope this
helps you understand the situation a little better
regarding this particular call.
We requested an incident
report on the fugitive search (enclosed) from
Records Division-Garland Police and they have
reported no incident record of the search you
reported to us on the PM of 1/29/03. With the
amount of resources used, would not there be an
incident report for this search by the Garland
Beth and Bill Salazar
Provided false factual information to the media and public
on Esteban’s case. Basic recorded facts such as the initial
report filed by Esteban’s mother were misreported by the
police to have been filed as a “runaway”.
Attempts to contact officials of the city of Garland to
report a complaint.
There are no reported ongoing investigations on the Garland
Police Department. No criminal or civil suits been filed
against the City of Garland regarding Esteban’s case. What
does the City need to protect themselves from? This
leaves no reasonable reasons as to why the City of Garland’s
Manager-Mayor and Attorney have elected to ignore all the
Salazar family’s many requests for information and formal
complaints unless there is knowledge and feelings of serious
Garland Police leadership failed to respond and acknowledge
complaint letters since 2003. So has the City Manager
Garland police and Garland City officials have ignored
requests for information on a reported police action on
1/29/03 at the 900 block of Apollo Rd, about one hundred
yards from where Esteban’s remains were later found. The
Garland police reported having no records. A request was
made to the city officials to investigate misuse of city
resources. This complaint was ignored.
of Garland officials failed to acknowledge letters
requesting information and follow-up of the complaints sent
and not responded to by the Garland Police.
of Garland officials failed to respond to complaints
regarding civil rights violations by the Garland Police and
the City of Garland.
City of Garland has fought
very vigorously to keep the investigative records in
Esteban's (suicide) case sealed from the public. Contained inside are
falsehoods which they are keeping buried from all to view.
An undisputed “suicide” determination?
Garland police and city officials sealing the investigative
records on an alleged “suicide” case misusing the Texas law
enforcement exception clause. They have cited to the Texas
Attorney General “ the
status on this case is currently closed, however the murder
investigation could resume in the future if additional
evidence were to come to light. The withheld information
deals with the detection and investigation of an alleged
offense, the possible murder of Esteban Salazar.”
Garland police has calculatedly continued remarking on
Esteban’s case being an undisputed “suicide”; this action
has continued to create a very thick and tall wall to
overcome for gathering additional evidence and leads about
Esteban’s murder by means of public information and the
media. This is their intention.
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