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Dead body found identified as Roswell man


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A dead body found on Friday afternoon near the corner of West Brasher Road and South Sunset Avenue has been positively identified as Adam Joel Lopez, 35, who had been staying in south Roswell until his disappearance in late June.
Chaves County Sheriff’s Office detectives were notified on Sunday afternoon that the Office of the Medical Investigator had positively identified Lopez, who had been reported as a missing person to the Roswell Police Department. Fingerprints were used to confirm the identity.
“We have not yet determined how or why Mr. Lopez came to be in the location where his body was discovered,” Sheriff Britt Snyder said on Monday in a released statement. “However, there were no visible signs of trauma to the body and OMI has not yet decided the manner or cause of death. Toxicology screening will be completed and those results take several weeks to obtain.”
Snyder said on Friday that the body appeared to have been in this location for a long time.

He added there were no apparent signs of what caused Lopez’ death.
Lopez’ mother was the last person to have contact with him in late June, according to the RPD.
Lopez was temporarily living at the dorms at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. He was not a student, but was renting a room during the summer.
When his mother went to look for him at the dorm, the dorm supervisor said he had not seen Lopez in a few weeks, although his personal belongings were still in his room.
On Friday, a young man in his 20s or 30s showed up at Southwest Self-Storage at 1305 W. Brasher Road, across the street from the field at about 1:30 p.m. The man said that he smelled a bad odor in the field and then came across a decomposing body, said James Edwards, a Roswell Independent School District board member and an ENMU-Roswell employee who was at the storage facility when the man arrived. Edwards said he then called the RPD and later the CCSO.

The field where the body was discovered is owned by the Eagles Lodge on Sunset Avenue, but there is no known connection between the discovery of Lopez’ body and the fraternal lodge.
The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who believes they may have information about this case to call 575-624-6500 and ask to speak to detectives.
Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.


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