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NMSP: Truck seen at Edgewood gas station found, not related to deadly shooting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — While New Mexico State Police have found the white pickup truck spotted on security footage at the scene of a deadly shooting at an Edgewood gas station Sunday, they now say they don’t believe its driver was involved in the crime.

State Police posted on Twitter Wednesday morning that they had found the truck, which they had been looking for as the suspect’s vehicle since Monday morning.

They later deleted that tweet and posted an update around 2:15 p.m.

“Through further investigation agents have determined this vehicle was not involved in the crime. We thank the public for their help. This investigation remains on going,” the tweet read.

A NMSP spokesman has not responded to questions.

Around 4 p.m. Sunday, police say an armed robber, wearing a bandanna around his face, held up the Smith’s Fuel Center off NM 344, south of Interstate 40. Then, they say, he shot and killed the gas station attendant, 62-year-old Michael Pelkey.

Pelkey, who lived in Estancia, had worked at the gas station for 12 years and was well-known in Edgewood.

A NMSP spokesman said Monday that the suspect is a Hispanic or white male between 25 and 30 years old and between 5 feet 10 inches tall and 6 feet tall with a thin build. Police initially thought he was driving a white truck, possibly a Ford, that was seen in the parking lot.