Body found in ditch east of Clovis

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Curry County sheriff's deputies are seeking a Chaves County man in their investigation into the death of a man whose body was found in a ditch east of Clovis.

Deputies were seeking 24-year-old Brandon H. Barela for questioning in the death, which has been labeled a homicide.

Authorities have a tentative identification of the victim, but were awaiting autopsy results from the Office of the Medical Investigator before formally identifying him.

Undersheriff Wesley Waller would not discuss the nature of the man's injuries or other details.

A truck driver called 911 early Thursday to report a possibly unconscious man lying in the ditch near N.M. 523.