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Missing New Mexico man found in river, identified by family

July 23, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The body of a missing man who jumped into a New Mexico river to escape police was found by family.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Monday that Sylvia Encinias Mendoza identified the body as her 46-year-old brother Brian Encinias on Monday.

Authorities say officers investigating another case recognized Encinias as someone with an active arrest warrant before he fled into the Pecos River in May.

Police say a body was recovered from the river, but the identity cannot be confirmed until it is examined by a medical investigator.

Mendoza says she found the body about a mile from where he reportedly jumped into the river 26 miles (42 kilometers) east of Santa Fe.

Mendoza says the family now has closure, and is waiting for more answers from state police.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com

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