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Man booked in death of woman whose body was found in minivan

Man booked in death of woman whose body was found in minivan

The Associated Press
March 20, 2017 07:38 PM

HACHITA, N.M. (AP) — Investigators say a man has been arrested in the death of a Florida woman whose body was found in a minivan on a highway in southern New Mexico with a leather belt tied around her neck.

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New Mexico State Police say 61-year-old Isaias Lovato Rodriguez was booked on an open count of murder in the death of 57-year-old Connie Lopez of Lake Placid, Florida.

Her body was found in the van late Friday afternoon by U.S. Border Patrol agents who were patrolling Highway 9 near Hachita.

Rodriguez and Lopez had been traveling together from Florida.

It's not known whether Rodriguez has yet been assigned an attorney.

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