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Police search for body possibly buried at West Side home

Albuquerque police dig into the backyard of a West Side home on Thursday afternoon looking for a possible body related to a missing person case. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Investigators gathered outside the West Side home where police looked for a body on Thursday afternoon. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Officers were digging around a West Side home on Thursday afternoon looking for a body that may have been buried in the backyard.

Gilbert Gallegos, an Albuquerque police spokesman, said the search at a home on Everitt NW, near Atrisco and Ladera, was related to a missing persons case and the homicide unit was not involved.

“They were looking for a transient who may have been buried, but have not discovered anything. Still searching,” he said.

Gallegos gave no other details.

Crime scene investigators could be seen using a backhoe to dig into the earth in the backyard of a house in the neighborhood.

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