From the Polk County Sheriff’s Office
LIVINGSTON — Three people are dead after their bodies were discovered over the weekend.
The bodies of Michael, Deborah and Anthony Nuncio were found in a residence on the 100 block of West Dove Street, which is located in Escapees Park, on Saturday.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office was requested to conduct a welfare concern on the parents of the caller, because she had not been able to make contact with them for two days.
A deputy arrived on scene and soon after requested assistance at that location. After obtaining a search warrant for the residence, investigators from the PCSO along with Texas Rangers from Company-A, re-entered the residence and began the investigation into the deaths of the Nuncios family.
Upon entry, Investigators observed items in the residence and an adjacent building that caused concerns of possible explosive devices at that location. Agents from ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire Arms) were requested to assist with the investigation to identify items found at the scene.
Unable to identify, agents detonated the object with a small explosive charge. After both structures were deemed safe to re-enter, investigators continued their investigation and discovered who they believed to be Michael Nuncios, his wife Debra Nuncios and their adult son Anthony Nuncios.
After talking with the daughter and neighbors, it is believed the bodies had been there since Thursday. An inquest was conducted by Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Robert Johnson, who ordered the bodies transported to the Harris County Forensics Lab.
The PCSO will be looking for confirmation of the findings from the medical examiner’s office on cause of death, how long the bodies have been deceased, and confirmation of the identities.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said via press release it is not looking for suspects in connection with the deaths nor are there hazards to the community surrounding these deaths.
Those with information concerning the deaths are asked to contact Captain Rickie Childers of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810.
Livingston-Governor Greg Abbott provided an update on Texas’ continued response to COVID-19 during a press conference Monday. The governor discussed several steps the state is taking to mitigate the spread of the virus in recent weeks — including increasing enforcement of health and safety regulations, rapidly increasing testing in hot spots, and working with hospitals throughout the state to ensure they have the ability to treat Texans who test positive for COVID-19.
In Polk County, the number of laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 has jumped to 85 as of Tuesday, up from the June 18 report of 71.
On its Facebook page, Polk County Emergency Operations Center makes reference to 16 cases involving individuals who are currently confined to TDCJ facilities and do not interact with the public.
The Polunsky Unit in Livingston is reporting four employees and two offenders with active cases. Polunsky also has imposed medical restrictions on 247 inmates on the unit. Statewide, 77 of 106 state prison units have active cases. Nineteen are on precautionary lockdown. TDCJ has 376 active cases among staff members across the state. Eight of those workers died, presumably from COVID, 832 recovered. Tests have been administered to more than 32,000 prison employees and 108,322 offenders.
The governor urged Texans and Texas businesses to follow the Minimum Standard Health Protocols established by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as Texas continues to safely and strategically open the economy. Those guidelines are available online at open.texas.gov.
“To state the obvious, COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in Texas,” Abbott said, adding later “If those spikes continue, additional measures are going to be necessary.”
But he said he has no immediate plans for a second shutdown of businesses, saying “Closing down Texas again will always be the last option.”
Abbott aggressively endorsed the use of masks by people in public settings. He mentioned an unnamed person in the hospitality industry who did not want to wear a mask and said he told the person that doing so could make the difference between keeping his business operating or perhaps closing down. The governor said the man came away convinced.
“When you go out, you should wear a face covering or mask,” Abbott said, adding later, “I also know that wearing a mask will help us keep Texas open,” he said.
Mandatory mask orders have been put in place in eight Texas counties, including Harris County. Polk County and 27 others have issued recommended mask guidelines.
“COVID-19 hasn’t gone away, but neither has our ability to slow the spread of it. Texans have shown that we don’t have to choose between jobs and health — we can have both. We can protect lives while also restoring livelihoods. Together, we will keep Texans safe and we will keep our state open for business.”
As of Tuesday, 2,192 Texans have died as a result of the novel coronavirus.