Update: Deputies Identify Body Found in Desert and Continue Investigating a Possible Murder Suicide

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 7:43am

 Sheriff deputies and Socorro police officers continue to investigate the mystery behind a possible murder suicide. Sheriff Deputies have identified the body found in a car near Hueco Tanks on Monday as 27-year old Johnny Nevarez. Deputies say he died from a self inflicted wound.

The case began to unravel Monday afternoon when a friend of Nevarez reportedly called Socorro police officers and told them his friend, Johnny, had just told him he had killed his wife, 20-year old Crystal Nevarez and dumped her body in Juarez. He then reportedly told his friend he was going to kill himself too. Sheriff deputies say at this point they believe Crystal is in Juarez but cannot confirm if she is dead or alive.

Neighbors have confirmed with NewsChannel 9 that couple lived in Socorro on 10457 Aaker with the man's mother. They say the believe Crystal is pregnant and describe the couple as a quite couple that kept to themselves.


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