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Death Of Girl Found In Carrollton Ruled Homicide

Updated: October 31, 2011 9:35 PM

CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled the death of a 10-year-old Oklahoma City girl a homicide.

Jasmen Gonzalez had been visiting relatives at a Carrollton apartment in the 1300 block of Walnut Street when she disappeared Saturday night. Her body was found Sunday afternoon, less than a third of a mile away from the apartment complex.

On Monday, officials confirmed that Jasmen died from a stab wound to the chest. The medical examiner did not have information as to whether or not she had been sexually assaulted.

Investigators learned there had been a family gathering on Saturday evening, and that Jasmen had gone missing just before midnight.

Police in Carrollton have confirmed that 23-year old Jose Sifuentes is a “person of interest” in the case. “The person of interest is a family friend,” explained Carrollton Police Department spokesperson Lieutenant Doug Mitchell.

Authorities said that Sifuentes and several other people from the party were questioned.

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Police in Carrollton say that Jose Sifuentes is a "person of interest" in the stabbing death of a 10-year-old girl. (credit: Carrollton Police Department)

“I don’t know if he [Sifuentes] had any actual interaction with her [Jasmen]. I know that he was at the family gathering and they were all there,” said Lt. Mitchell. “We did 12 interviews of people that were at this gathering and he just… I can’t give you all the details.”

A search warrant says that Gonzalez was found in a manner consistent with sexual assault — though the Medical Examiner has not confirmed it.

Police have also executed search warrants for two Carrollton homes and three vehicles believed to have ties in the abduction.

According to the warrant, while police were questioning Sifuentes, a canine unit detected an odor of decaying human tissue around his SUV. Inside, the warrant says, they found a knife, rubber gloves and human blood.

Police do not believe that this was a random act, but say that Sifuentes is still only a “person of interest” in Gonzalez’ death. “We’re not sure that Jose is the guy that did it yet. To be fair to everybody involved, we don’t need to be pointing a finger at any one person,” Lt. Doug Mitchell with the Carrollton Police Department told reporters.

As a part of the investigation, police questioned all of the 82 registered sex offenders in Carrollton, and believe none of them are involved.

Police have continued to question Sifuentes. While he has not been charged or arrested, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have kept him detained.

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  1. YRofTexas says:

    If they find that Sifuentes has anything to do with this child’s death and/or abduction, I am hopeful that they will prosecute him to the maximum possible (within the law). It’s good that the registered sex offenders were determined were not involved…that is good, but it goes to show that even with all of these safety nets in place, horrible offenses still occur. It’s tragic that we can’t somehow offset such things happening in the first place.
    Pray for strength for the family members.
    Pray for a fair and complete justice.

  2. Anna Justiniani says:

    We are going to ask everyone that would like to come to a prayer for Jasmen Gonzalez to come out tonight about 7pm. We are going to do a prayer and collect money to help the family at this moment .

  3. Atlanta says:

    Anna–I’m nowhere near Dallas, otherwise i’d be there. Really can’t find the words to express my outrage.

  4. M Reader says:

    To the family you have my deepest sympathy. You are in my prayers

  5. TNT says:

    WFAA is about to carry a live streaming news conference from Carrollton PD any minute this morning for the latest update.

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