Disturbing questions about immigrants' deaths

Were police in Westchester County involved?
January 25, 2008 2:58:06 PM PST
There are new and disturbing questions on the mysterious deaths of three Guatemalan immigrants in Westchester County. A couple of them have been ruled homicides. And the focus of the disturbing question: Local police. Were they involved? Here's Eyewitness News reporter Marcus Solis in White Plains.

"I am suspicious of the police," says Marjorie Thompson, "Because they were there."

Thompson makes no bones about who she thinks is responsible for the death of her boyfriend four and half years ago. Thompson and Carlos Rodriguez had been drinking in Leonard Park in Mount Kisco. A police officer came by and told them they had to leave. Thompson informed him she had called a cab.

"He didn't want to get into the taxi," Thompson told Eyewitness News. "So I told the taxi driver to leave, that he would be okay. And that was the last I heard from Carlos."

Rodriguez was found dead the next day under the footbridge. The cause of death was drowning but the manner of death is unclassified: Not a homicide, not an accident.

"I don't know what happened," Thompson says. "But I do know that I don't think he got under that bridge by himself."

Thompson is coming forward following the death of another Guatemalan immigrant, Rene Perez. Mount Kisco cop George Bubaris has been indicted in that case, but Hispanic advocates say Rodriguez's death and three others have not been properly investigated to see whether or not police were involved.

"We met with the district attorney in the spring of '07," says Fernando Mateo of Hispanics Across America. "She mentioned that she would review the case. We haven't heard anything."

The district attorney's office today did agree to interview Thompson. A spokesman says the case and any unsolved homicide remain open.