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Deputies seek info in slayings of two teens

Ahmed Lateef

Collin Romero

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Deputies are asking the public to come forward with any information on two Albuquerque teenagers who were killed and found buried in the mesa west of Rio Rancho last weekend.

Capt. Allen Mills of the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office emailed a statement Friday saying the bodies of Collin Romero, 15, and Ahmed Lateef, 14, were discovered last Saturday in a shallow grave near 60th and 29th NW.

The boys had been reported missing weeks earlier by their families after a video surfaced on Snapchat of them being badly beaten somewhere outside the city.

“Our detectives are working diligently on this case to ensure they have all the facts and evidence necessary to bring the perpetrator(s) to justice,” Sandoval County Sheriff Jesse James Casaus said in the release. “All leads are being pursued and anyone with potential information in this case is asked to come forward.”

Mills said detectives are asking anyone who was in the area on or around Saturday to call the Sheriff’s Office.

“This is an active, ongoing investigation,” he said. “The Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office will release additional information as it becomes available, but will not release certain facts of the case to ensure the integrity of the investigation remains intact.”

Mills did not respond to calls Friday.

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