VICTORVILLE, Calif. – The body found in the area of Loves Lane and Tatum Road over a week ago has been identified as a man who went missing in Victorville.
TJ Lookinghorse, 30, went missing on Monday, July 15, 2019, after the Greyhound bus he had a ticket for was somehow full before he was able to board it. He borrowed a cell phone and called his mother and aunt to let then know he would be arriving back home to South Dakota later than expected. His mother, Gladys Lookinghorse said that he had no ID, no cell phone, and no money. She was also concerned because he had a head injury that made it more difficult for him to express himself properly. She said that TJ never called back after that day and they became very worried and reported him missing.
Meanwhile a couple began smelling a strong smell near their Tatum Road home. Throughout the week, the odor became stronger, until it became an overwhelming smell of death. Shrugging it off as a deceased animal at first, the couple quickly glanced in the area surrounding their home and did not find anything.
On July 22, 2019, when the smell did not dissipate, the couple began searching for the source of the smell again. The couple found the body of a man, in the area just behind the Apollo Burgers, authorities said.
Deputies arrived and began investigating the death. The coroner picked up the body and an autopsy is pending, Gladys Lookinghorse said. “I asked them when I was there if it could be him, they assured me it wasn’t my son,” she said. “I called them [authorities] and they did not take me serious. The missing person reports, from what I gathered, were not put out.” Gladys now wonders why authorities left her to wonder, when her son was already found deceased and she now knows was identified using his fingerprints.
Gladys said that his cause and manner of death is unknown at this time. She said an autopsy is being done to determine what took her son’s life.
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