A chapel service is scheduled this afternoon for 26-year-old Arturo Jose Iñiguez, the Cameron County assistant district attorney whose body was found in his vehicle Saturday in Matamoros.
Pathologist Elizabeth Miller performed an autopsy Tuesday at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen, the hospital confirmed.
Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Manuel Flores Jr. of Rio Hondo reportedly requested the autopsy. He declined to give any details.
“I can’t comment,” Flores told The Brownsville Herald Wednesday.
Although he is not conducting any inquiries, Flores said that no information could be released because an investigation into Iñiguez’s death is under way.
“That is state law,” Flores said of not being able to talk about the autopsy.
It is not unusual for officials to release preliminary findings of autopsies, but Cameron County District Attorney Armando R. Villalobos has not been available for comment since Monday.
Authorities in Tamaulipas state have said an earlier autopsy performed in Mexico indicated that Iñiguez committed suicide by consuming poison. They reportedly were still examining tissue samples and had not issued a final report.
Villalobos has said his office has not found any evidence of foul play, although he noted that a determination of the cause of death would not be made here until all the evidence is reviewed. He said he was not aware of any stress factors that might have affected Iñiguez outside of those commonly expected.
Iñiguez, who lived in Rancho Viejo with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, had been promoted earlier this month to first chair misdemeanor attorney.
According to Mexican news reports, Iñiguez’s body was found in his SUV Saturday at about 10 p.m. at a commercial location on Avenida Lauro Villar in Matamoros not far from the Veterans International Bridge at Los Tomates. The vehicle was registered to Iñiguez, and reports said the ignition was on.
News reports said the body did not show any sign of violence.
The lid of a jar containing a sedative for animals was found inside the vehicle while the jar was located outside the vehicle, the reports said.
Mexican authorities estimated that Iñiguez had been dead for six hours when he was found.
The chapel service for Iñiguez will be at 2 p.m. today at Funeraria Del Angel Buena Vista.