On Monday the 28th, his chain of command was holding their regular roll call when they noticed that Sergeant Perez was not present. At that time, they started making attempts to reach him and could not get a hold of him. We responded to Hardy Tollway and Beltway 8, where we had a high sense of probability that was the last place that he would have been.
We called for our dive team. We couldn't find him, and once our dive team got there, it was too treacherous to go under and look for him. So we made a decision to leave officers there, waiting until the morning. And because as much as we wanted to recover him last night, we could not put more officers at risk for what we knew in our hearts was gonna be a recovery mission.
This morning at 8 AM, the dive team was out there again, which is their number one priority. And in no more than 20 minutes, they found him. Unfortunately, in the darkness, Sergeant Perez drove into an underpass that's about 16.5 feet, drove into the water, and he died in a flood, in a drowning type event.