A body discovered in Lubbock Saturday (June 6) has been positively identified as Mark Ysasaga by the Lubbock County Medical Examiner.

Ysasaga's body was discovered after the Lubbock Police Department received an anonymous call to the Crime Tip line. It was found on private property near 120th Street and Highway 87.

The Lubbock County Medical Examiner's Office released the following statement Wednesday.

The Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office was involved in recovering human remains located in the area of 120th street and Interstate 27. The remains were brought to the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The Chief Medical Examiner is submitting the following information regarding those remains:

The remains have been scientifically identified as those of Mark Anthony Ysasaga of Lubbock Texas.

The Cause of Death is Homicidal Violence with Gunshot.

The Manner of Death is classified as Homicide.

The Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office has spoken with family members.


In May, Jose Simental, 20, was charged with one count of murder in the death of Ysasaga. According to police, Ysasaga's blood was found in a home at 3016 27th Street in Lubbock, leading them to believe he was the victim of a homicide.

A second person of interest in the case, Christian Castro (19), has also been arrested on unrelated charges. Castro has not been charged in the murder of Ysasaga.

Ysasaga went missing in June 2012 when he was 15 years old.

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