Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 10, 2014

Homeless man found dead

Malakoff resident possibly froze to death during recent record-low temperatures

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — Malakoff Police officers found Jesus Flores Dominquez dead behind an abandoned house on Tuesday.

Dominquez, 58, was thought to be a homeless man living in abandoned homes in or around the Malakoff area. According to Malakoff Police Chief Billy Mitchell, Dominquez has been in the Malakoff area for 25 to 30 years.

Justice of the Peace Judge Tommy Barnett ordered Dominquez's body sent to USA Forensic in Mesquite for an autopsy. 

Police Chief Mitchell suspects hypothermia and other underlining issues may have  played a part in the death of Domiquez. The body which is believed to have been outside Monday night was found at noon on Tuesday. The weather Monday was the coldest it had been in more than three years, with temperatures in the teens.

Mitchell said Dominquez has been known to stay in abandoned houses in the Malakoff area.

Mitchell said the police department doesn't have much information on Dominquez's family. He said they are trying to locate  a next of kin.  

“We believe he might have a sister in the San Antonio area and possibly daughters in Austin or Dallas,” Mitchell said. “We believe his sister may have visited him a few weeks ago trying to help him.”

Mitchell said they found Dominquez's  green card, but it had expired in 1990.  According to Mitchell, the Malakoff Police Department contacted the immigration department, but they had no information on Dominquez.

Tammy Tate from Malakoff posted on Facebook,  “I believe we need to raise awareness in our community that there are some people who have nowhere to go, no families to care for them, feed them, shelter them. I find it very sad and senseless that anyone would be allowed to freeze to death. This man lived here for 25 years. Please do not let his passing and the nature of his passing go unnoticed.”

Tate who knew Dominquez as ‘Mexican Jessie,’ said she would see him every day.

Chief Mitchell believes the Dominquez family was trying to help him.

Mitchell said if you have any information on how to contact   Dominquez's family, call the Malakoff Police Department at 903-489-0521.

“We would like to notify his family of his passing,” Mitchell said.