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Threatening call to hospital came from outside US

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Lovelace Regional Hospital received a threatening call Tuesday, which prompted Lovelace and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center to briefly be placed on lockdown. Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said Wednesday that the investigation has ended and it was determined that the call had come from outside the United States.  (Alex Ross Photo)

A threatening phone call that prompted the lockdown of two local hospitals Tuesday is believed to have been made from a location outside the United States.

Todd Wildermuth, public information officer with the Roswell Police Department, said Wednesday that the department has concluded its investigation into a call that was made to Lovelace Regional Hospital, where an individual threatened a possible shooting.

“The phone number from which yesterday’s call was made to the hospital was determined to have come from out of the country,” Wildermuth said.

Investigators traced the number from which the call was made as being one from outside the United States, but no viable suspects were able to be identified, he added. Wildermuth said he does not know which country the call is believed to have come from.

Lovelace — located at 117 E. 19th St. — received the call at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. At 2 p.m., Lovelace and Eastern New Mexico Medical Center at 405 W. Country Club Rd. were both placed on lockdown — meaning that people were prohibited from entering either hospital.

Roswell Police then searched the properties of both hospitals and once it was determined there was no credible threat, the lockdown was lifted.

Guadalupe County Hospital in Santa Rosa, north of Roswell, was also placed on lockdown Tuesday after receiving a similar threatening call that came in at about the same time as the call to Lovelace Regional Hospital, according to Guadalupe County’s newspaper, The Communicator.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.