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Silver alert canceled, search ongoing for missing Slaton man

A Silver Alert has been canceled for Celestino Rodriguez, 79, of Slaton.

Authorities are however still searching for Rodriguez.

He was reported missing to the Slaton Police Department Aug. 3 by his family, according to press release from the City of Lubbock Police Department.

A Silver Alert was released Monday (Aug. 5), and the Slaton Police Department requested assistance from the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday (Aug. 7)

Rodriguez’s car, a white 2014 white Chrysler 200, was found abandoned Wednesday in Temple at approximately 5 p.m. by a Milam County Sheriff’s Deputy.

It was found unoccupied.

The alert was canceled at 9 p.m. Wednesday after the vehicle was found.

The case is under investigation as a missing person case under the direction of the Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Texas Rangers.

Lubbock and Slaton PD agreed the Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit would have the necessary resources to continue with the investigation.

The search continues for Rodriguez. He is a Hispanic male approximately 5-feet-7 and weighs 155 pounds. He has grey hair and brown eyes, and has a C.H.R. tattoo on his upper left arm.

He is also a medicine dependent diabetic.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tan polo shirt and slip-on Sketchers sneakers.

The Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit is also seeking two persons of interest in the disappearance. They are asking for the public’s help in locating them.   

Investigators are attempting to locate Brett Anthony Garza, 33, and David Wayne Hampton, 53.

The Lubbock Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit describes Garza as a white male 6-feet,  205 pounds, and David Hampton as a White Male 5-feet-5 inches, 140 pounds.

Both men are known to live and work in the Lubbock area.

Investigators believe both individuals have information about the suspicious disappearance of Celestino Rodriguez.

If anyone has information on their whereabouts, contact Det. Gerber at 806-777-0396. People may also all the crime line at 806-741-1000. Callers may remain anonymous.

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