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Farmington police seek assistance in homicide cold case
The victim was found partially submerged in a stream
FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department is revisiting a cold case and seeking assistance about a homicide which occurred about eight and a half years ago.
Nathaniel Robert Morgan, 37, was found dead in the area west of the Auburn Trailer Park at 951 N. Auburn Ave. on Oct. 21, 2009, according to a Farmington police press release.
The release states Morgan was found partially submerged in a shallow brook on the west side of the trailer park.
The initial investigation and exam revealed Morgan sustained injuries, which led investigators to believe he was the victim of a homicide, according to The Daily Times archives.
Morgan's death was later ruled a homicide by the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator and it was apparent he had been involved in a physical altercation, according to the press release.
Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said Morgan's case is one of the cold cases the department is revisiting.
The department in December started to revisit a case of Lynn R. Goldin, a missing 83-year-old Washington man who visited the Four Corners region to hunt for treasure.
Morgan was last seen alive on the afternoon of Oct. 20, 2009.
He was observed sitting on a lawn chair drinking with an unidentified friend by the shallow brook in the trailer park, according to the press release.
The friend is described as a male about 25 to 35 years in age, 170 pounds, who had a shaved head and stood about five feet, seven inches tall.
Police did not receive any information initially from the public on the case, and there were no tips received by the San Juan County Crime Stoppers, according to the Daily Times archives.
Police released a composite sketch of the friend on Nov. 12, 2009. It was drawn and released after a forensic artist met with witnesses.
Numerous tips were given to detectives after the sketch was released. But those leads have been exhausted.
Anyone with information about Nathaniel Robert Morgan, including those who recognize the person in the sketch or witnessed the altercation, is asked to contact non-emergency dispatch at 505-334-6622 or Detective Heather Chavez at 505-566-2370.
An anonymous tip can be made by contacting the San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.