Police find cash at motel murder scene

Drug paraphernalia also found in victim's motel room

Steve Garrison
The front entrance of the Rimrock Lodge is seen on Sept. 14 on U.S. Highway 64 in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Farmington police investigating the Sept. 14 slaying of Dalton Ford at the Rimrock Lodge found several thousand dollars in cash and drug paraphernalia in the victim's room, according to a  search warrant.

Dalton Ford, 61, was found by police shortly after 6:30 a.m. in room No. 153 at the motel, located at 2530 U.S. Highway 64 in Farmington.

The warrant affidavit states police found Dalton Ford naked and covered in blood. Blood also covered the walls, the bedding and several items within the room, the affidavit states.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the room and discovered almost $3,500 in cash in a pair of jeans.

Detectives also found several pipes that were apparently used to smoke marijuana and methamphetamine, the warrant states.

Three pairs of women's blue jeans and a driver's license for Dalton Ford's son, Travis Ford, were also found in the room, according to the warrant.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said Wednesday detectives could not comment on the search warrant, citing the ongoing investigation.

Dalton Ford had no criminal history in New Mexico, according to court records.

Linda Ford, Travis Ford's mother, requested Tuesday that criminal proceedings against her son in an unrelated domestic battery case be delayed due to the death of her son's father.

The request was denied and Travis Ford made his appearance Wednesday, according to San Juan County District Attorney Dustin O'Brien.

Linda Ford, reached by telephone on Thursday, said, "Right now, I am in no condition to answer any questions."

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.

Investigators search a guest room on Sept. 14 at the Rimrock Lodge on U.S. Highway 64  in Farmington.