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Sheriff’s office seeks public’s help on unsolved 2017 homicide


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County authorities are reaching out to the public in hopes of collecting more information on an unsolved homicide case from September 2017.


In a news release from Chaves County Sheriff Britt Snyder, the agency again described the Sept. 8, 2017 incident of a body being found in the 1300 block of West Brasher.

“The body of the deceased person was identified by the Office of the Medical Investigator as 35-year-old Adam Lopez of Roswell,” Snyder stated in the release. “Mr. Lopez was found in an open field near a small clump of trees in a low-lying area.”

Lopez had been identified by fingerprints, authorities said.

Snyder said Sheriff’s Office detectives had determined Mr. Lopez had been deceased for several months.

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Snyder said Lopez had been reported missing to the Roswell Police Department (RPD) on July 7, 2017, by his mother.

According to previous reports, Lopez was temporarily living in the dorms at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell (ENMU-R). 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.

Police previously said on Sept. 8 that 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-R employee who was at the storage facility when the man arrived. Edwards said he then called the RPD and later the Sheriff’s Office.

Today, Snyder said it remains unclear as to what led to Lopez’s demise.

“Decomposition especially can make it very hard to determine what may have killed this person,” Snyder told the Daily Record. “It’s really hard for OMI to determine exactly what might have killed him — your evidence has disappeared.”

Snyder said if anyone has information about the death of Lopez to call the Sheriff’s Office at 575-624-6500 or the Chaves County Crime Stoppers at 888-594-8477, where callers can remain anonymous.

“(We need to determine) how he got there,” Snyder explained. “Any information about friends, anybody he’s hanging out with — that’s the kind of information we’re hoping for because we just have not gotten a lot of information about what was going on with him towards the end of his life, and how he came to be in that location.

“We’re not going to close it out until we get — we’ll continue to investigate it as an unsolved homicide until we can determine otherwise.”

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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