The Travis County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man suspected in the Aggravated Kidnapping and Capital Murder of Ibeth Lopez on February 15, 2017 as

CHARLES WERCHAN,
26 of Elgin, TX

Werchan was transported from the crime scene on Burch Dr. to South Austin Hospital in critical condition on February 15, 2017. He was pronounced brain-dead at 3:23 AM on February 16, 2017.

The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office took custody of Werchan’s body on February 18, 2017 and began its investigation into cause of death. The final results of that report are pending toxicology results.

The investigation into the Kidnapping, Murder and all involvement by TCSO Deputies is ongoing and details will be released upon its completion.

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Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 318-5669

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