Brian Edmonds Homicide – July, 2001
On July 29, 2001, at 2:40 a.m., State Police responded to a report of a man down in the south bound lanes of State Road 68, north of the town of Espanola. The subject, a John Doe was taken to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, with major head trauma where he died later that day. The State Police Criminal Investigations Section was called upon to investigate. The deceased was identified as16-year-old Brian Edmonds.
Brian Edmonds was last seen at a neighbor’s birthday party, the night before he was found on the highway. According to several witnesses he was suffering from a small laceration on his head prior to his death. He left the party to walk to his home, which was a short distance away. He was found on the highway less than a mile from his residence.
The autopsy of Brian Edmonds could not determine how the injuries were received, either from a vehicle or from a blow, therefore the manner of death remains undetermined.