Family identifies man found dead in Placedo
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Investigators confirmed Rebecca Hernandez's worst fears.
Her brother, Robert Talamantez, was dead.
They couldn't identify his body, which was found in a garage in the 500 block of Crockett Street in Placedo on Nov. 16. But they suspected it might be him because his driver's license was nearby, Hernandez said.
"For a while, there was that little piece of hope," she said.
His cousin, Janie Vela, 46, agreed the waiting was nerve-wracking. They were told it might be as long as two years before testing was completed and answers arrived, she said.
Talamantez, 47, was a welder. Originally from Brownsfield, he was living in Bloomington at the time of his death, Hernandez said.
While family members are still speculating about what prompted the move, Vela said he relocated after an argument with his ex-wife.
"We hadn't heard from him or anything. We were just worried about him," Vela said.
Hernandez last saw Talamantez at a wedding in Lubbock in 2006.
"We spoke to him afterwards, but then after that, we just didn't hear from him anymore," she said. "He had his cellphone, but once we started calling his cellphone, there was no answer."
Hernandez, 33, of Hearne, described him as an outgoing family man who loved to barbecue.
"He was also quite a comedian," Vela said.
He has four children - Eric, Patricia, Gracie and Robert Jr.
It is still unclear why Talamantez was inside the garage and what caused his death.
"He was actually really healthy," she said. "If anybody knows anything about the situation, do not be afraid to talk or call or anything."
Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor could not provide additional details about the investigation Wednesday.