Investigators Comb Highway For Evidence In Las Cruces Murder

Las Cruces – A team of more than two dozen people have completed a search for more evidence related to the murder of Las Cruces real estate agent Jack Hadley. Hadley was found shot to death and partially burned inside his home Sept. 23, 2011 in what investigators say was a botched burglary attempt.

For nearly ten hours on Wednesday, Dona Ana County Sheriff's Deputies, Investigators, and volunteer members of the Mounted Patrol combed a 60-mile stretch of highway along Interstate 10 between Deming and Lordsburg on foot, ATVs, and horseback. Investigators close to the case say they believe the man charged with Hadley's murder, Mario Mendez, may have disposed of critical evidence related to the case in that area.

Details on what they were looking for are being kept confidential, as the investigation is still open.

Mendez was arrested on Oct. 4, charged with murder, kidnapping, aggravated residential burglary, arson, and tampering with evidence. He is being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.