A body believed to be the remains of a Roswell man missing for nearly two weeks has been found dead in a tree on a Chaves County farm.
Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder said the Sheriff’s Office responded at about 3 p.m. Thursday to a report of a body discovered in a tree on the farm southeast of East Brasher Road and South Atkinson Avenue, just southeast of Roswell city limits.
“Upon arrival, deputies found the body was approximately 15 feet above the ground in a tree and appeared the person had died in the tree several days prior,” Snyder said in a news release. “We believe the person climbed the tree for unknown reasons and was either injured by falling from higher up the tree, or was overcome by exhaustion, or both.
“The body was in a very difficult position, which complicated recovery.”
The sheriff said his office had no identification of the body, but he said the body appeared to be that of a man.
A spokesperson for the Roswell Police Department said the body was believed to be that of Sergio Alexander Salas, 30, of Roswell.
Roswell police said Salas was last seen by his mother May 25 at their house on East Morningside Drive in Roswell. His mother reported him missing to the RPD on June 2.
Police said Salas’ mother told them her son left their house in a black pickup, and never returned home.
“A vehicle belonging to a man reported missing to the Roswell Police Department on June 2 was discovered several days ago, approximately 1 mile from the location of the body’s discovery site,” the sheriff said. “We do believe those two may be related, but we cannot confirm the identity of the body, as nothing was discovered with the body which might help with identification.”
Snyder said the body would be sent to the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for an autopsy.
The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.