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Two men found dead in Canutillo field

By: Stacey Welsh

CANUTILLO, Texas -- The El Paso County Sheriff's Office identified one of two men found dead in a Canutillo field as 49-year-old James Smith.

Public Information Officer Chris Acosta said the sheriff's office is still working to identify the other man.

Acosta said the sheriff's office received a call from one of the men's family members just before noon Saturday and began investigating the deaths as homicides.
"All unattended deaths when they're reported are treated as homicides until the investigation is complete. Then it's determined if it's a homicide or if there's an actual cause," Acosta said.

The bodies were found on the edge of a field with tall weeds near railroad tracks in the 7000 block of Doniphan Drive in Canutillo.

The El Paso County medical examiner removed the bodies from the scene at around 6 p.m. Saturday.

The sheriff's office said the bodies were found close together.

"Of course you have  your daily speeding and D.W.I, but something like this is not common in the area," Acosta said.

"This is the first time in Canutillo that we hear about two bodies found. It's kind of weird because we see the news of what's going on in Juarez, and now it's the first time in Canutillo," local restaurant owner Alicia Fernandez said.

People in the area also tell KFOX14 they don't often see people walking around in the area where the bodies were found because it's close to railroad tracks. There is also a dry levy a few hundred feet behind the field.

The sheriff's office and people at the scene believe Smith had been missing for about a week. Investigators are still working to determine a cause of death for both of the men.

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