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Local rancher discovers two bodies in ‘extreme’ eastern part of county 


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Two bodies were found in a remote, rough country area in eastern Chaves County, the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office’s chief deputy says.

According to a news release from Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder, at about 9:20 a.m., deputies were notified of two bodies that had been discovered in an area far east within the county.

“Deputies had to respond through Lea County to an area approximately 10 miles north of Caprock off U.S. 380,” Snyder wrote. “The bodies were found in the longest leg of Chaves County, which protrudes over the top of Lea County.”

Snyder said the two bodies were discovered by a local rancher near a two-track ranch road.

“It would appear these individuals have likely been deceased in that location for a few days, but it will be very difficult to determine how long they may have been in that location,” he said. “A motor vehicle was also discovered in the area and we believe the bodies are connected to that vehicle.

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“We will track the owner of the vehicle and contact law enforcement in that jurisdiction to help establish the identification of the bodies.”

Snyder said there are no obvious signs of foul play were found and at this time, they suspect exposure as the victims’ cause of death.

“We also want to thank the Lea County Sheriff’s Office who responded to assist in this investigation,” Snyder said “This location is extremely remote and can only be accessed through Lea County and/or Roosevelt County Roads.”

Snyder said both bodies will be turned over to the Office of the Medical Investigator for autopsies.

“We will update this information as soon as the Medical Investigator can confirm the identity of these individuals,” the sheriff said.

According to the Associated Press, the deceased include a man and a woman, and investigators are awaiting a medical examiner’s report to determine whether they are Rosendo and Hortencia Lara, of Bovina, Texas, said Chaves County Chief Deputy Shane Baker. The Laras, both in their 80s, were last seen Jan. 19 in the small Texas town just east of the New Mexico border.

They were reported missing by family members who said they had planned to drive to Clovis, a New Mexico town 30 miles (48 kilometers) from their home.

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