POSTED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 6:55pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 6:59pm
Lufkin, Texas (KETK) — The name of the man found in a burned truck in Lufkin has been officially identified.
DNA testing has confired that Efren Mora Elizondo, 47, of Lufkin, the vehicle owner, was the victim of the August 14 murder and vehicle fire.
ORIGINAL STORY (August 14, 2013):
At approximately 1:00 a.m., on Wednesday today, August 14, 2013, Lufkin Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a burning vehicle behind First Church of the Nazarene, located at 1604 South Medford Drive in Lufkin.
Responding Lufkin Police Department officers located the vehicle near the intersection of Renfro Drive and Valley Avenue; the vehicle was off the roadway, on a dirt drive leading to the rear of a manufactured housing business.
Upon approaching the still burning vehicle, the officers saw a burned body in the remains of the vehicle.
The body was too burned for the officers to determine its identity or verify its gender.
Initially, the flames and resulting fire damage made the task of identifying the vehicle very difficult. The license plates and dash VIN plate were unreadable, but, after Lufkin Fire Department personnel extinguished the fire, the officers determined that the vehicle was a Ford F150 truck.
At this time, the identity of the body found in the vehicle, the cause of death, and the time of death are not known. An autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death. DNA testing will be used to determine the identity of the body. Lufkin Police Department does not expect to receive the results of the autopsy and testing for several weeks.
Anyone with information concerning the fire or death can provide information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers of Lufkin at (936) 639-TIPS or by submitting an anonymous tip at www.LufkinCrimeStoppers.com . Crime Stoppers Tipsters never have to give their name and Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest related to this incident.