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NM- Body found near airport

3-5-2007 New Mexico:

LAS CRUCES — Doña Ana sheriff's investigators are looking into the suspicious death of a man found inside a hangar near the Santa Teresa Airport in southern Doña Ana County. A source has confirmed that the body is that of Arturo Carreon, a former officer with the El Paso Police Department who was fired in 1998 after he was charged and convicted of having sex with a teenage girl.

Sheriff's investigator Sgt. Mark Perea said authorities were called to a hangar at 100 Lindbergh in Santa Teresa about 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 by a security guard patrolling the area. Perea said the victim was found with a gunshot wound to the head, but investigators did not find a gun at the scene. An El Paso police source, who asked not to be identified because the onging investigation, confirmed the body was that of Carreon, 37.

Perea said he could confirm the man's name, but not his law enforcement background. "We're approaching it as suicide but handling it as a homicide until we find differently," Perea said. Perea said his department has received additional information and will be interviewing the man's family and friends. Carreon was a four-year EPPD veteran when he was charged in 1998 with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl he met while on duty.

In 2000, Carreon was convicted of the charges and required to register as a sex offender. The Texas Sex Offender Registry indicates that he was complying with the registration. Santa Teresa Airport Manager Vernon Wilson said he had not heard about the man's death. He said there are hangars that belong to the airport, but they are locked. There also are private hangars located at the industrial park near the airport. He said those have their own locks and can be accessed by workers from those companies. Perea said the owners of the hangar where the body was found have no connection to the investigation. ..more.. : by Renée Ruelas-Venegas

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