Partially Burned Body Found Near NMSU Campus

Jan 28, 2014


Authorities are trying to identify a partially burned body found in a culvert under Interstate 10 near the New Mexico State University campus.

NMSU police chief Stephen Lopez says investigators also are trying to determine how the person died but Lopez says there's no indication of a threat to the university community.

Lopez says the investigation was hindered by carbon monoxide in the partially closed culvert.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that the culvert formerly was used for drainage but was blocked on one end during road construction.

The body was discovered Monday afternoon by firefighters putting out a fire after smoke was reported in the area.

Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.