- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Authorities are trying to identify a partially burned body found in a culvert under Interstate 10 near the New Mexico State University campus.

NMSU police chief Stephen Lopez says investigators also are trying to determine how the person died but Lopez says there’s no indication of a threat to the university community.

Lopez says the investigation was hindered by carbon monoxide in the partially closed culvert.

The Las Cruces Sun-News https://bit.ly/1ncFp77) reports that the culvert formerly was used for drainage but was blocked on one end during road construction.

The body was discovered Monday afternoon by firefighters putting out a fire after smoke was reported in the area.


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