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Published on May 24, 2024
Inmate Found Dead Under Mysterious Circumstances at Travis County Jail in AustinSource: WhisperToMe, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

An inmate at the Travis County Correctional Complex met his end in mysterious circumstances last Sunday. Robert Valentino Munguia, a 63-year-old Austin man, was found lifeless in his unit, and efforts to revive him were in vain.

Munguia was discovered unresponsive at 10:39 a.m. on May 22, as per a press release provided by Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer, and Drew Knight, Public Information and Social Media Specialist. He had been in custody since November 26, 2023, after being charged with Injury to a Child/Elderly. Despite immediate CPR attempts by correctional staff, he was pronounced dead on the scene.

A full investigation is now in motion by the TCSO’s Internal Affairs Unit, the Criminal Investigations Division, the Texas Rangers, and the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office. This is standard procedure when any death occurs while in custody. The autopsy, conducted the following day, is yet to offer some closure as the final report remains pending.

The details surrounding Munguia's death are scant, with official sources offering little beyond the basic timeline of events. The need for transparency is palpable, as the community awaits answers. In a system plagued by incidents of neglect and malfeasance, the death of Munguia raises questions that demand addressing. For more information, visit the Travis County Sheriff's Office website.