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Family mourns man found dead in Canutillo

By Crystal Price
EL PASO, Texas Family members of one of two men found dead in Canutillo on Saturday mourn the loss of their loved one.

James Smith, 49, of Canutillo is one of the two men authorities found dead on the edge of a field near the railroad tracks in the 7000 block of Doniphan Drive in Canutillo.

Smith's father, Joe Earl Smith, remembers the loving personality of his son.

"He was real kind hearted, very friendly," J. Smith said. "He was helping me out here, he had got out of prison, and got out of rehab and came here."

J. Smith said his son had gone missing for a week after what his family thought was a night at the bar.

"I worried anytime he didn't come home because most of the time by 7 o'clock he'd be back here," J. Smith said. "I called him and he wasn't answering his phone."

On Saturday, Feb. 8, just before noon, the relative of a friend of his son's came by J. Smith's home asking where his was.

"He was going to go look for him and maybe about 20 or 30 minutes he came back and told me that his sister had found them," J. Smith said. "They were there by the railroad tracks."

The cause of death for the two men remains under investigation.

J. Smith recalled the last hours he saw his son, James, alive.

He said it was on Saturday, Feb. 1, when James and his brother had gone to the store to get chicken wings for the Super Bowl.

"He and his brother came in, in the afternoon and got in an argument and then he left and that's the last time I saw him," J. Smith said.

As many questions remain unanswered, J. Smith tearfully sits in his son's home and waits as authorities continue their investigation.

"I really miss him," J. Smith said.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has not yet confirmed the identity of the second man found dead.

EPCSO is currently investigating the case as a homicide.



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