DASO arrest two in connection to teen’s murder

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Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two people in connection with the murder of 18-year-old Dakota Lunceford, whose body was found dumped on Glass Rd. in Mesilla August 3.

According to court documents and jail records, 19-year-old Bryanna Terry – who was previously named a person of interest in the case – and her boyfriend, 22-year-old Justin Bullock have each been charged with a felony count of Tampering with Evidence.

Court documents show that investigators were serving a warrant at a home in the 5000 block of Kensington Way in Las Cruces in connection to Lunceford’s murder. While there, they met with Bryanna Terry who detectives say knew she was a person of interest in Lunceford’s disappearance due to the fact that she was the last person to talk to him before he died via phone and Facebook.

The warrant included a search for Terry’s cell phone, but she told investigators that it had broken and she was using her boyfriend, Justin Bullock’s phone.

While speaking with the homeowner, Christopher Terry, investigators learned that Bullock had been in the house but disappeared just as they were arriving. Christopher Terry believed that Bullock may be hiding in the attic of the home.

Eventually, an LCPD officer assisting in the warrant search located Bullock in the crawlspace of the attic. After briefly resisting, Bullock was taken into custody.

Investigators found a ZTE cell phone on him with a pink case and a missing battery. Police allege he’d tried to disable the phone that belonged to Bryanna Terry while he was hiding in the attic.

At this time, Terry and Bullock have each been charged with Tampering with Evidence, but have not been charged with Lunceford’s murder. Bullock was also charged with Resisting Arrest. Both are being held in the Doña Ana County Detention Center without bond.

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