VAN HORN, Texas — The Latest on the Nov. 18 death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in West Texas (all times local):

7:15 p.m.

The FBI has announced that it is offering a $45,000 reward for information leading to solving the mystery surrounding the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in West Texas.

An FBI statement issued Thursday announced a new digital billboard campaign to promote the reward for answers to questions surrounding the death of Border Patrol agent Rogelio (roh-HEE’-lee-yoh) Martinez, He was found dead and another agent was found injured in a culvert on Interstate 10 near Van Horn, about 110 miles (175 kilometers) southeast of El Paso.

FBI El Paso Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie (BOO’-wee) Jr. is asking for statements from anyone who drove through Van Horn between 10 p.m. and midnight on Nov. 18.

President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have said the two were attacked. However, Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo (kah-REE’-yoh) has told The Dallas Morning News that the two may have been sideswiped by a passing semitrailer accidentally.

Federal officials have released few details about the circumstances leading to their injuries.


11 a.m.

A Texas sheriff who was among the first people to reach two U.S. Border Patrol agents who were badly injured says he thinks they were hurt in an accident, not an attack.

Culberson County Sheriff Oscar Carrillo told The Dallas Morning News that the agents, who were found along a culvert next to Interstate 10, may have been sideswiped by a passing tractor-trailer.

Agent Rogelio Martinez died of his injuries and his partner was hospitalized after they were found Nov. 18 near Van Horn, about 110 miles (175 kilometers) southeast of El Paso.

President Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have said the two were attacked.

Federal officials have released few details about the circumstances leading to their injuries.

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