Authorities identify man found in Lee County creek

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Genero Gonzales Martinez is the name of the man whose body was pulled from Tulip Creek on Monday.
His death was ruled accidental because results from the medical examiner said his injuries were consistent with an accidental fall.
Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson confirmed the man’s identity and said he has ruled out foul play as the cause of death.
Coroner Carolyn Gillentine said the cause of death is a skull fracture consistent with falling from the bridge into the creek. She said no water was in his lungs, which means he didn’t drown.
According to Johnson, the medical examiner’s report, along with an investigation done by his department, concluded that Martinez’s death was  accidental.
Said Johnson, “We didn’t see anything at the scene or on the body to suggested foul play. The medical examiner’s report said the fracture was consistent with a body moving and striking something. It also said it was a different injury than being hit with a blunt force object. His injuries showed the body moving and falling on the head.”
 Johnson said he is satisfied with findings of the medical examiner and the investigation by his department.
Martinez had been living in the Lee County area about five years, Johnson said. He said Martinez’s family in Mexico has been notified.

Contact <b>Danza Johnson </b>at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.