Reward offered for information about disappearance of 79-year-old Slaton man

Reward offered for information about disappearance of 79-year-old Slaton man
ATL Persons of Interest In The Disappearance of Celestino Rodriguez. Brett Garza and David Hampton. (Source: Lubbock Police Department)

LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) - The reward has been increased for information leading to the arrest of two men now charged with felony credit/debit card abuse in connection with the suspicious disappearance of Slaton, Texas resident Celestino Rodriguez.

ATL Persons of Interest In The Disappearance of Celestino Rodriguez. Brett Garza and David Hampton.
ATL Persons of Interest In The Disappearance of Celestino Rodriguez. Brett Garza and David Hampton. (Source: Lubbock Police Department)

Celestino Rodriguez, 79, went missing on Saturday, August 3, 2019 around 10 a.m. The family of Celestino Rodriguez reported him missing to the Slaton Police Department. After their initial investigation, the Slaton Police Department issued a Silver Alert on Monday, August 5, 2019. On Wednesday, August 7, Slaton Police requested assistance from the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Rangers and the Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit.

Investigators are attempting to locate Brett Garza W/M 12-15-1985 and David Wayne Hampton 06-04-1966. Investigators believe both individuals have information about the suspicious disappearance of Celestino Rodriguez.

Lubbock Police describe Brett Garza as a White Male 6’00’’ 205 lbs. and David Hampton as a White Male 5’05” 140 lbs. Both men are known to live and work in the Lubbock area.

Silver Alert issued for 79-year-old Celestino Rodriguez.
Silver Alert issued for 79-year-old Celestino Rodriguez. (Source: Slaton Police Department)

Lubbock police obtained felony arrest warrants for Garza and Hampton on Saturday. Police say Brett Garza and David Hampton used Rodriguez’s debit bank card at multiple Lubbock business locations on the afternoon of August 3.

“Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit investigators were able to secure these felony arrest warrants for Brett Garza and David Hampton as a result of this fraudulent activity. The felony warrants were issued for Credit/Debit Card Abuse of an Elderly Individual 65 years of age or older. Their bond has been set at $75,000," police said.

Kerby and Wade Law Offices in Lubbock have offered an additional $1,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case, bringing the possible total to $2,000.

Anyone with information on either Garza or Hampton, or their whereabouts, is asked to contact Det. Gerber at 806-777-0396 or call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000. Callers may remain anonymous.

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