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Larcery suspect who fled into Pecos River still missing

May 16, 2019

A 46-year-old man who fled police officers by jumping in the Pecos River last week is still missing, a state police spokesman said Wednesday.

State police reported that Brian Encinias, who they determined had an active warrant for his arrest, ran from officers just after 4:30 p.m. May 9 and jumped in the river, which quickly took him downstream.

Encinias’ brother told the Albuquerque Journal an officer later told him Encinias’ body had been seen upside-down in the water a short distance downstream.

A state police dive team and aircraft, as well as fire department and EMS personnel, searched the river but did not find Encinias, state police said.

Officers had been investigating a larceny in Pecos at the time and said Encinias matched a clothing description of the thief, according to state police.