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Police confirm bodies are those of missing New Mexico teens

December 31, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities have confirmed that two bodies found in Sandoval County are those of two teenagers who had been reported missing in mid-December.

Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Keith Elder announced Monday that 15-year-old Collin Romero and 14-year-old Ahmed Lateef were found buried in a remote area west of Rio Rancho.

The two were reported missing Dec. 17 after one of their mothers reported a video on social media showed them bloodied and beaten.

Investigators with the Albuquerque Police Department had said they believed the teens were involved in a drug deal that may have gone bad.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Sandoval County deputies found clothing that contained evidence of a violent crime and began to investigate along with State Police. That led to the bodies.

The cause of death remains under investigation.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com

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