LAS CRUCES-- A 60-mile stretch along I-10 was closed for nearly 10 hours on Wednesday, as investigators searched for more evidence in the Hadley murder case.
A team of more than two dozen people completed the search in connection to the murder of Las Cruces real estate agent Jack Hadley.
Hadley was found shot to death and partially burned inside his home on Sept. 23, 2011. Investigators said it was a botched burglary attempt.
Doña Ana County Sheriff's deputies, investigators, and volunteer members of the Mounted Patrol combed along the highway between Deming and Lordsburg on foot, ATVs, and horseback. Investigators close to the case said they believe Mario Mendez, the man charged with Hadley's murder, may have disposed of critical evidence related to the case in that area.
No further details were given, as the investigation is still open.
Mendez was arrested on Oct. 4 and was charged with murder, kidnapping, aggravated residential burglary, arson, and tampering with evidence. He is being held without bond at the Doña Ana County Detention Center.