Sheriff: 911 caller wouldn’t say person who died was Scalia

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia addresses an audience at Rhodes College, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 in Memphis, Tenn. Justice Scalia's 2015 Constitution Day lecture is called "Constitutional Interpretation." (Yalonda M. James/The Commercial Appeal via AP)

MARFA, Texas (AP) — The Texas sheriff who responded to Antonin Scalia’s death says he didn’t know it was the Supreme Court justice who had died until he arrived at the scene because the person who called 911 refused to say whose body had been found.

Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez on Tuesday said the owner of the ranch where Scalia died called authorities shortly after noon Saturday, saying only that the person’s name is “big and it’s overwhelming.” No EMS services were requested.

Dominguez says he drove about 30 minutes to the Cibolo Creek Ranch near Marfa and found Scalia’s body.

Ranch owner John Poindexter has said Scalia seemed normal at dinner the night before he was found “in complete repose” in his room.

The county judge decided no autopsy was needed.

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