Body found in Aztec identified; death labeled 'suspicious'

John R. Moses
Farmington Daily Times

AZTEC – The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has identified the Aztec woman whose body was found in a wooded area July 25 as 62-year-old Sandra Long, and labeled her death “suspicious.”

The state’s Office of the Medical Investigator has not yet determined a cause of death.

She was found east of the Animas River on land near an automotive dealership around 9:30 a.m. on July 25, 2019, the department said in a press release. 

“The circumstances surrounding the death of Ms. Long are still under investigation and detectives are currently interviewing persons of interest in the case,” department spokesperson Jayme Harcrow said July 31 in the release.

The department released her city of residence on Aug. 1 via email, but did not release any other details about the investigation. The July 31 press release said that she was not reported as a missing person and had been dead for about a week before she was discovered.

“The Sheriff’s Office does not have reason to believe that there is any immediate danger to the public in relation to this case,” the release said. “We are asking community members that have information regarding the death of Ms. Long to please come forward and speak to detectives.”

Anyone with information can contact the dispatch center at 505-334-6622 and ask to speak with a San Juan County Sheriff’s Office detective, the release stated.

Contact John R. Moses at 505-564-4624, or via email at

Support local journalism with a digital subscription:

More:Woman found dead in woods behind Hi-Country dealership in Aztec

Note: This story was modified on Aug. 1, 2019, to include Sandra Long's city of residence.