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APD investigating homicide after body recovered from arroyo

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Monday afternoon, following a heavy rainstorm, Albuquerque Fire Rescue recovered a body that had been swept down the diversion channels alongside a mannequin.

Now the case is being investigated as a homicide.

Tom Ruiz, a spokesman for Albuquerque Fire Rescue, said shortly after 5 p.m. the department was told that there was a person in the diversion channel near Claremont and Algodones NE, just east of Juan Tabo.

“Initial reports were of possibly two persons in the flood channel,” Ruiz said. “A mannequin and an adult male were spotted further down the Hahn Arroyo and the male appeared to be deceased and nonviable.”

Officer Daren DeAguero, an Albuquerque Police Department spokesman, said although AFR was the lead agency on the operation initially, it has been turned over to APD.

“The recovery investigation has been deemed a homicide call out,” DeAguero wrote in an email.

Ruiz said a total of 56 firefighters were deployed to assist with the recovery effort.

“As it became clear that it was going to be a recovery rather than a rescue, the AFR Swift Water Task Force along with APD Open Space and Sandia Pueblo were deployed to the recovery area near Roy Road,” Ruiz said. “At approximately 6:50 p.m. the body was successfully recovered by AFR Swift Water Task Force members and APD open Space.”

Neither spokesman said how the man was killed.

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