Police interview person of interest in Liberal death

1/19/2013

By DARCY GRAY

By DARCY GRAY

Special to The Telegram

LIBERAL — Sheriff's officers investigating a 23-year-old woman's death have interviewed a person of interest and released the man without arresting him.

The man, who was interviewed Tuesday, told investigators he went with Yesenia Rodriguez to a party and then they went to her house.

"When he left, she was alive," said Seward County Sheriff Bill McBryde.

Rodriguez's body was found at 8:30 a.m. Sunday by the driveway of her home, 15305 Denoon Road, about six miles east of Liberal. She was supposed to pick up her female roommate from work that morning but never showed up, so the woman's supervisor gave her a ride home. The supervisor was the one who called 911, McBryde said.

Rodriguez last contacted her roommate at 3 a.m. Sunday, he said.

There was no trauma found on Rodriguez's body, "no marks or anything," McBryde said.

A preliminary autopsy report indicated alcohol and drugs were present in Rodriguez, but officers do not know the amounts yet, he said. Investigators are awaiting a coroner's report, including toxicology test results.

"We treat everything as a homicide until the evidence proves different," McBryde said.

The High Plains Daily Leader reported Rodriguez's 1994 gray Toyota Corolla was missing Sunday morning, but authorities found her vehicle Monday in Tyrone, Okla. The Oklahoma town is about 10 miles southwest of Liberal.

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