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Double homicide at N.M. salvage yard remains under investigation

Bullet casing and additional evidence were collected at the scene
San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation of the double homicide that occurred April 5 at Highway 64 Auto Salvage. (Herald file photo)

The two men found dead at Highway 64 Auto Salvage in Farmington were shot in the back sometime between 4 and 8:59 p.m. April 5, according to public documents.

The double homicide was still under investigation Monday, said San Juan County Sheriff Shane Ferrari.

Anthony McCants, 26, and Candrick Begay, 31, were assigned to be in the salvage yard pulling parts. It was there that co-workers found their bodies and reported the discovery of their bodies to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

“A worker at Highway 64 Auto Salvage called his boss and stated he found bodies of workers who went missing earlier in the day,” according to incident reports. The bodies were found between rows of vehicles.

Deputy T. Abernathy was the first on scene, according to reports. Abernathy found a “bullet casing located in the area of the two bodies.” The deputy described that area as being “towards the south of the salvage yard.”

Abernathy was joined by Deputy May and Corporal Burke, as they searched the yard.

“At the third car in, we found there was a male laying there, laying over a wheel and tire of the ground there was blood on his left shoulder of his back,” Abernathy’s report stated. “I then walked a little further east and found a male lying on the ground. I saw he had blood on his back and was not breathing.”

It was determined in the report that both males had gunshot wounds and were dead.

The investigation continued throughout the night and into the morning of April 6. At that time, investigators attempted to collect shoe imprints.

“The ground was hard-packed and was difficult to locate any shoe impressions,” according to a report written by Michael Carey. After a redacted sentence, the report stated, “It was unknown if the shoe impressions were involved or not.”

During the course of the investigation, Sheriff’s investigators collected 28 pieces of evidence, which are redacted from the incident report.