Austin police identify victim of suspicious death at Motel 6

Austin Police have identified the deceased man who was found in a Motel 6 room on February 14th.

Police said Austin 911 received a call from Motel 6 staff around 1:42 p.m. on Feb. 14 about a 55-year-old male pastor, Juan G. Diaz, who appeared to have passed away in a room.

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The Austin-Travis County Ambulance Service tried to provide medical care to the deceased, but was ultimately declared deceased on the spot, according to APD. APD homicide investigators and crime scene staff came to begin processing the crime scene.

Police say, like any deceased person who is not under medical care, the APD will investigate that death as suspicious until and unless otherwise determined by autopsy results and other relevant evidence and information.

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To better understand the circumstances, investigators are interested in speaking to the two people pictured and described below who were in the room where the deceased man was discovered.

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To better understand the circumstances, investigators say they are interested in speaking to the two people pictured and described below who were in the room where the deceased man was discovered.

Motel guest 1 is described as:

  • Black man
  • Has braids or dreadlocks
  • Stocky build
  • Between 5’10 “and 6 ‘in height
  • Estimated between 30 and 35 years old
  • Last seen in a black zip-up hoodie, blue pants, black beanie, black and gray shoes with red laces

Motel guest 2 is described as:

  • Black – gender indefinite
  • Average build
  • Estimated between 25 and 30 years old
  • Last seen in a light-colored jacket, blue pants and pink gloves

Detectives are asking anyone with information or videos about the incident to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, email [email protected], Crime Stoppers’ tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS) or use Crime Stopper App. You can also submit tips by downloading the APD mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Information leading to an arrest can be rewarded with a reward of up to $ 1,000.

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