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Missing man found dead in Alamosa County

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013

ALAMOSA — Alamosa resident James Robert Martinez, who was reported missing on October 23, was found dead on the east end of Ninth Street in an area lying within Alamosa County.

Alamosa Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division Commander Lt. James McCloskey said the sheriff’s office received a call Tuesday morning reporting a body near one of the old buildings off Ninth Street. The deceased was identified as Martinez, who had just turned 60 years old on Oct. 21.

McCloskey said an autopsy will be performed as to cause of death, but the initial scene of Martinez’s death did not indicate foul play had occurred.

Neither Martinez’s family nor local authorities had seen or heard from him in about two weeks. The last reported medical interaction with Martinez had been on October 7 when he was transported to San Luis Valley Health and walked away from the ER.

Martinez’s sister Betty Gurule reported her brother missing to Alamosa police on October 23, relating that she had not seen him in about two weeks and it was not like him to be gone this long without telling someone where he was going. She had contacted everyone she knew who might know where he was, and no one had seen or heard from Martinez for about two weeks.

Martinez had several medical issues, and his family worried something may have happened to him.

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