Body found near NMSU campus tentatively identified

February 14, 2014 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a partially burned body found last month near the New Mexico State University campus has been tentatively identified as a homeless man.

NMSU police say the body appears [auth] to be that of 55-year-old Richard Livasy, who had been in the Las Cruces area since the 1990s.

Police say Livasy originally was from Michigan, his family has been notified and information obtained from them supports the preliminary identification.

The Office of the Medical Examiner hasn’t provided a final determination on the cause of death and toxicology results still are pending.

Campus police say their investigation will continue until the cause of death is known along with the cause of the fire that scorched the body.

The body was discovered Jan. 27 in a drainage culvert underneath Interstate 25.

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