County Sheriff's Office

Items taken from reports at the Socorro County Sheriff's Department

August 29

Deputies were requested at 5:40 p.m. to an area to the south of Walmart in reference to the odor of death in a brushy area. This area is frequented by transients, addicts and alcoholics, and deceased individuals have been found in this brushy area in the past. The officer began walking around the area trying to locate the source of the smell and came across a male subject sitting in the brush. The male was sitting on a log with the left pant leg lifted and a blue rubber tie off just below his knee. He had a syringe in his left hand and was trying to conceal it. The officer told him to drop the syringe and stand up. He was placed into custody. The syringe was loaded with a dark brown substance believed to be heroin was taken as evidence. It later tested positive for heroin. The subject was medically cleared and booked into SCDC.

A deputy assisted on a traffic stop at 9:30 p.m. at Otero and California where a driver was pulled over for no license plate on her vehicle. The driver was also driving on a suspended license and had no proof of insurance or registration. A check with NCIC showed that the driver had an active arrest warrant out of Socorro Magistrate Court. She was arrested and booked into SCDC.  A passenger was allowed to take possession of her vehicle to avoid tow truck fees.

Aug. 30

An officer was dispatched at 2:49 p.m. to Pedro Avenue in the Veguita area in reference to a dog bringing in possible human remains. The officer met with the owner of the residence who had two dogs with him on the property. The officer was shown through the front gate and just outside the fence to the property was a human head with a bullet hole on the right temple.

The caller said that his dogs came from the northwest side beyond his property but did not know how far or where they could have gotten the remains. At this time OMI was notified and additional deputies and detectives were called to help look for the body. The surrounding area which was uninhabited desert was searched. After a few hours into the search, a railroad tie berm was located by deputies. On the other side of the berm a firearm, drug paraphernalia, and clothing were found. The area was secured and detectives photographed the scene. Other bones and clothing were scattered throughout the area and collected by deputies and OMI. The body has not yet been identified but a list of possible victims is being collected. This case is still pending further investigation.

A deputy was dispatched at 2:30 p.m. to San Antonio where a travel trailer had been broken into. The victim told the deputy that someone had thrown a rock through the window of her travel trailer and stole a Remington pump-action shotgun. Also missing were two camouflage backpacks, a finder, and binoculars. The deputy was waiting for the serial numbers and brands of the items to be entered into NCIC.