Body found in Las Cruces garbage truck

Las Cruces police department

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – Police in Las Cruces are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a city garbage truck.

Officers were called to an area behind a supermarket about 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Police say the body was in the garbage truck hopper where solid waste is held for transport to a transfer station.

They say the 61-year-old man appeared to have an injury to his head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

His name is being withheld until his family can be notified.

Police say foul play isn’t suspected at this time.

Detectives believe the man was rummaging through a commercial trash bin behind the supermarket when the refuse truck arrived to collect the trash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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