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Body of woman found by Ruidoso visitor Friday

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The body of a woman has been found in Ruidoso and police have reason to believe the remains may be that of a Ruidoso woman missing since December.

On Friday, around 4 p.m., the Ruidoso Police Department was notified a weekend visitor had discovered a body. Officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Tomahawk Drive and met with the caller.
Police were then directed to the body, about 100 yards up towards a hillside. According to a news release from the Ruidoso Police Department, the body was in an advanced stage of decomposition and not immediately identifiable.

After searching throughout the immediate area, Ruidoso police came across a purse with an ID belonging to 36-year-old Micaela Torres Avila of Ruidoso.
Avila was previously reported missing by her boyfriend, Christopher Welch, on Dec. 22. Welch is an officer for the Alamogordo Police Department.
Police said the New Mexico State Police Crime Scene Team was called to process the location after the scene was secured.
Ruidoso Police Department Chief of Police Darren Hooker said they are currently waiting on the New Mexico Office of the Medical Examiner to determine a cause of death.
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

 

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