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Police seek help in identifying murder victim; Man, teen charged with second-degree murder for man found under bridge; Incident marks second homicide this week 

Members of the Roswell Police Department stand on the east side of a bridge near the intersection of the Hondo River Recreation Trail and South Main Street.

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A man and a teenager were charged with murder in the second-degree Friday night in connection to aunidentified man found beaten to death under a bridge where the Hondo River Recreation Trail meets South Main Street. 

According to a news release from the Roswell Police Department Saturday afternoon, RPD officers responded to the area of Main and Hendricks streets shortly before midnight Friday.  

They found several men under a bridge in that area,” RPD public information officer Todd Wildermuth said. “One man was bloodied and unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

In this long-exposure photograph taken at 12:45 a.m., an area of the Hondo Riverbed is taped off by the Roswell Police Department, with no discernible evidence from the late Friday-night murder of a man who has not yet been identified.

Police said two other people found at the scene were detained by police and later arrested. 

Colby Thornton, 41, and Dublas Chicas, 17, were arrested around noon Saturday and each has been charged with second-degree murder,” Wildermuth said.  

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Police said investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the victim, who the department says is possibly homeless. 

Authorities described the male victim as Caucasian or Hispanic and estimated him to be about 40 years old. Police added the man is approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing about 160 pounds, with dark hair. The victim was wearing jeans and a camo jacket and has a tattoo of a panther on his right upper arm. 

Police said anyone with information that could possibly help identify the man is asked to call the RPD at 575624-6770.

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

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