The Chaves County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a dead body on West Brasher Road this afternoon.
“The body appears to have been in this location for a long time,” Sheriff Britt Snyder said, adding that it could have been there a couple of months. “We have no way to identify at this time and it may be difficult to determine cause of death due to (advanced) decomposition. … No obvious signs to indicate cause of death at this time.”
Originally both Roswell Police Department officers and Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene at the northeast corner of West Brasher Road and South Sunset Avenue, but law enforcement concluded that the area was in the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s office.
“We were called regarding a deceased body,” said Roswell Police Department spokesperson Todd Wildermuth, who was at the scene about 3 p.m. when both agencies were present. “But it has just been determined that it is outside city limits.”
A young man in his 20s or 30s showed up at Southwest Self-Storage at 1305 W. Brasher Road at about 1:30 p.m. saying that he smelled a bad odor while walking by the vacant field and then came across a decomposing body, said James Edwards, a Roswell Independent School District board member and an Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell employee who was at the storage facility when the man arrived. Edwards said he then called the Roswell Police and later the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department.
According to Edwards, the man who discovered the body could not tell him whether the body was male or female or young or old. “I think he was in shock,” he said.
The field is owned by the Pecos Valley Aerie #3187, Fraternal Order of Eagles, according to online county real estate records, the same owners of the Eagles Lodge, which is located not far from the field on South Sunset Avenue.
There is no known connection at this time between the fraternal organization and the body. Fraternal Order Trustee Donald Burden said that he was unaware of the situation and that law enforcement had not talked with anyone with group as far as he was aware.