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Panhandle Teens Death Ruled Accidental

KSCB News - January 7, 2013 4:23 pm

H ansford county Sheriff Tim Glass has finalized his report on the death of Armando Guereca, Jr. on December 24 as an accidental death.

Another youth friend dropped off 18-year old Armando Guereca at the gate of the U-S-A feedyard outside Gruver, where he lived christmas night.

Some distance between the gate and his residence Guereca passed out in the drainage ditch and vomited while laying in a position that prevented him from breathing.

The weather that night was extremely cold and Guereca succumbed to the elements.

"Just to dispel any rumors, this is a accidental death." said Sheriff Glass. "This is not being investigated as a homocide."

The report by the sheriff has been sent to the Hansford County attorney and the District Attorney for review.

Misdemeanor charges are being brought against several adults related to other incidents that occurred that night .

The autopsy report states that the youth expired due to "natural causes due to aspiration of stomach contents" and "exposure to the elements."

Alcohol is a factor in the death of Guereca.

 

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