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.

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