New information from the Dominican Republic appears to quash the suspicion that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was robbed after a car wreck that took his life early Sunday morning on the Caribbean island.
Bienvenido Rojas, a longtime sports journalist for Diario Libre in the capital of Santo Domingo, on Wednesday tweeted a previously unseen image of the crash scene. In the photo, which The Star has deemed too graphic to publish, Ventura still wears a watch on one wrist and bracelet on the other.
A forensic scientist, who provided the photo to Rojas, told the reporter that Ventura’s family received a bag containing jewelry and documents when they claimed his body.
Ventura’s family has been unable to account for his 2015 World Series ring, though it’s unknown if the 25-year-old was wearing it, or even carrying it with him, while driving from the province of San Jose de Ocoa north toward the town of Cibao.
Suspicion that Ventura might have been robbed and left for dead first surfaced Monday.
Without providing evidence in its story, the website Ensegundo reported that journalist Euri Cabral said Ventura “was found alive, but several people assaulted him instead of helping him, after suffering the fatal accident at kilometer 14 of the road Juan Adrián.”