Man behind bars in connection to Carlsbad murder

Man behind bars in connection to Carlsbad murder

CARLSBAD, NM (KWES) - A Carlsbad man was arrested after an investigation into the suspected murder of a man found near a river bank.

Eddy County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to an area of Capitan Reef Rd. near the river in reference to a vehicle on fire.

When they arrived, the deputies saw an unconscious man near the river bank.

The man, later identified as Fred Harris, 44, passed away at the scene.

Authorities say after a detailed investigation, Austin Madrid, 22, was arrested and charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence.

He is currently at the Eddy County detention Center and the incident is still under investigation.

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