Burned body found in Rio Rancho is a woman; Name not known

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Sandoval County Sheriff’s officials say a burned body found in northwest Rio Rancho is an adult woman, but her identity still isn’t known.

They say the body was burned beyond recognition when a passer-by found it Saturday afternoon.

Sheriff’s officials say the incident is being investigated as a suspicious death.

The Office of the Medical Investigator is working to identify the woman and determine when and how she died.

Deputies also are looking through reports of missing people.

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