Body of missing man identified after being found in arroyo

Posted: January 22, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Benito "Benny" Pacheco, 78, was found dead Saturday morning. (Courtesy photo)

It was a tragic ending Saturday to a missing person report from earlier this week.

Santa Fe police identified a body found in an arroyo between DeVargas Middle School and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design as that of 78-year-old Benito “Benny” Pacheco, who was last seen getting off a bus Tuesday morning in downtown Santa Fe.

Pacheco’s body was found Saturday morning by a man collecting cans, Capt. Tom Wiggins said.

Police will await autopsy result from the Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque before giving a cause of death, but Wiggins acknowledged police have no reason to believe it was anything other than exposure to the elements. Pacheco’s family said the man suffered from Alzheimer’s.


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