State Police Investigate Suspicious Death at Ft Sumner Motel-UPDATE


State of New Mexico
Department of Public Safety

De-Baca County – On Sunday, May 19, 2013, the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau began an investigation into the death of 21 year old Anthony Sandoval. Mr. Sandoval was found deceased inside his motel room at the Coronado Motel in Ft. Sumner, NM on May 19, 2013. Deputies with the De Baca County Sheriff’s Office made the discovery.

Through the investigation, agents have learned Mr. Sandoval and another male subject had been involved in a physical altercation on Friday, May 17, 2013. Following the altercation, Mr. Sandoval went back to his motel room where he was found deceased on May 19, 2013.

A preliminary examination conducted by OMI has determined Mr. Sandoval died as a result of blunt force trauma. Official results from the Office of the Medical Examiner are pending.

This case is on-going and no arrests have been made at this time. We encourage anyone with information relating to this investigation to contact the New Mexico State Police at 575-461-3300



Contact: Sergeant Emmanuel Gutierrez