'A very unique situation': Carlsbad on edge as police investigate rare homicide | KOB 4

'A very unique situation': Carlsbad on edge as police investigate rare homicide

Casey Torres
March 16, 2018 09:08 PM

CARLSBAD, N.M. – At about 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, Carlsbad police received a call about a dead body found in an alley on the 1000 block of North Mesa Street.


The body was identified as Robert Ochs, and his body was found covered with a jacket. Police said he did have identification on him and believe he was in his mid-40s, but the cause of death is still unknown.

“There were some circumstances that were involved that made us think that it was more than just a natural death, so we are investigating it as a homicide,” said Jon Blackmon, operations captain at the Carlsbad Police Department.

Blackmon said there is limited information on the investigation at this time, but he did mention officers are investigating multiple leads. However, a suspect has yet to be named.

Residents who live near the alley where the body was found said having a suspicious death – incidents they say are uncommon in this southeast New Mexico town – occur so close to home has them worried.

“It kind of scares me because you really don’t know the truth. You don’t know if something happened to them,” said Jennifer Hand, a Carlsbad resident. “It’s kind of scary to know that it’s right here, around the block.”

But Blackmon said residents shouldn't be too worried.

“This is a very unique situation. It’s uncommon, it hasn’t happened before, so I wouldn’t expect them (residents) to worry too much about it,” he said.

Any information or tips on the case can be reported to the Carlsbad Police Department at 575-885-2111. To remain anonymous, anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 575-887-1888.


Casey Torres

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