Mesa Police Seek Public Assistance With Death Investigation

December 1, 2010

On Friday, November 5, 2010 at approxiimately 7:00 pm, Mesa Police and Mesa Fire responded to a medical call in the parking lot to the northwest of the Goodwill Store, located at 1346 W. Southern Avenue in Mesa.

The victim was found unconscious, lying on a raised landscaping median in the parking lot. There were no signs of bleeding or trauma. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where it was determined that he sustained a life-threatening head injury. On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, the victim died as a result of the injury. Per the medical examiner, the victim could have sustained the injury minutes to hours before being discovered. The manner of death is undtermined.

James TorugaThe victim's family and friends advised the police that the victim was transient and always carried a black back pack, containing miscellaneous clothing, a wallet containing his Arizona driver's license and birth certificate. None of these items were with or near the victim when he was located. It is unknown if these items were taken by force or if the victim left them at an alternate location to be retrieved at a later time.

The victim, James Hector Toruga (34), seen here in photo, is a Hispanic male, 5' 8" tall, 150 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information regarding this death is urged to contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or your local law enforcement agency. 



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