Carlsbad Struggles to Find, Seal Abandoned Wells

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

CARLSBAD, N.M. - Carlsbad Police and fire officials swore they'd never let such an accident happen again after four year old Samuel Jones' body was pulled out from an abandoned well on March fifth.

City administrator Jon Tully says city officials pleaded with the public to report any abandoned wells they knew about but apparently they're having a hard time getting that done.

Back in March, Jones fell down an abandoned well and it took rescue teams two days to get him out of there before he was found dead.

New Mexico engineers believe the unused water well has been there since the 1940's and was never completed because it was only 32 feet and it needed to be to be a lot deeper to reach the water source.

No charges have been filed against the property owner.

Now, the Carlsbad Current-Argus is reporting that the owners of one property where an abandoned well was found have not responded to demands that it be sealed.

A spokeswoman for the state engineer's office says it is the owner's responsibility and the city and state engineer can't force the work to be done quickly.